R. Tiglao Expose: Aquino & Del Rosario Begged the US to Use Its Military in Scarborough Crisis

Veteran journalist and prominent diplomat during the Arroyo administration, Rigoberto Tiglao made another explosive expose revealing how the Aquino administration handled the Scarborough Crisis during their watch. Tiglao revealed that former Pres. Noynoy Aquino and his Foreign Affairs Secretary del Rosario begged the US to intervene in the conflict that could probably escalated into a full scale war against China.

According to Rigoberto Tiglao, based upon the information he gathered from various diplomatic sources, Noynoy Aquino and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario begged the United States to use its military in Scarborough Crisis. Instead of getting support from the US, the Americans responded by saying that the Philippines should just go to court and pass the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

The Philippines under the leadership of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino and his foreign affairs secretary wanted to confront the Chinese, and could have dragged into a war in the South China Sea, a conflict that could have even triggered a nuclear war between the two superpowers-just to allegedly cover up their bungling of the Scarborough Shoal crisis.

R. Tiglao revealed that in April 2012, Chinese civilian-government and fishing vessels went to their fishermen’s succor at Scarborough Shoal (Bajo de Masinloc or Panatag Shoal) when the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Aquatic Resources accosted them for alleged illegal fishing. Aquino ordered to the shoal the Navy’s biggest warship, acquired only a year earlier, the BRP Gregorio del Pilar to board the fishermen’s vessels to take them in.

The decision of the former Philippine President to send the country's warship was a big boo-boo in terms of international relations and handling of possible conflict. China pounced on Aquino’s blunder by loudly protesting that the Philippines had “militarized” the dispute, and that “Philippine warships” were detaining its helpless fishermen.

Cleverly, China did not respond by sending its own warships, even as several of its modern frigates were on alert stand-by just over the horizon. It instead undertook a sea-borne version of people power by having over 60 Chinese fishermen’s vessels—escorted by some six civilian government vessels—to the shoal. The Chinese and Filipinos vessels were then locked in a stand-off that lasted for about six weeks from late April to May 2012, with each party aware that whoever blinks, or withdraws from the shoal, will lose it – forever, as it were.

During the said Scarborough Shoal conflict between the Philippines and China, former DFA Secretary Del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin rushed to Washington to meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Del Rosario invoked Clinton's statement a year earlier that the US would stand by its 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty that requires it to defend the Philippines in case of attack by any foreign power on its military forces.

Del Rosario even issued na offical statement on May 9, 2012, a few days after his meeting with Clinton, in which he declared that “US officials have publicly declared four times that it would honor the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty that obliges American troops to help defend the Philippines if it comes under attack.”

The US embassy in reaction to del Rosario’s claim issued a statement saying that Clinton in their meeting did say that “the United States reaffirms our commitments and obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty.” Clinton however in several statements instead emphasized that the “US does not take a position in territorial disputes between two countries.”

Clinton and even the US defense secretary did not respond to del Rosario’s demand for a categorical US commitment that it would come to the Philippines’ defense in case a shooting war breaks out in the Scarborough crisis.

To know more about the Expose of Rigoberto Tiglao please proceed to the official website of The Manila Times.

Source: The Manila Times

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