Foreign Affairs chief: Duterte trying to 'liberate' PH from U.S. 'carrot and stick' policy

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DFA Sec. Perfecto "Jun" Yasay Jr.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Foreign Affairs Sec. Perfecto Yasay claims the U.S. has been using a "carrot and stick" policy to  "force Filipinos into submission to American demands and interests." This comes just a week after he said that ties between both countries remain "very strong".

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"After proclaiming in July 4,1946 that the Filipinos had been adequately trained for self determination and governance, the United States held on to invisible chains that reined us in towards dependency and submission... as little brown brothers not capable of true independence and freedom," he said in a statement posted on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website.

Yasay echoed the same sentiments of President Rodrigo Duterte's speech at theBeit Yaacov Synagogue in Makati on Tuesday: "America has failed us."

"This is at the core of the message of PRRD [President Rodrigo Roa Duterte] to the American people and the world. This has also compelled him to realign our foreign policy towards an independent track in pursuing the overriding national interest and in upholding and protecting our sovereignty and territorial integrity," the DFA chief explained.

However, he noted that "there are many significant countless things that we will be forever grateful to America for."  But Yasay admitted that the country's defense forces "remain grossly incapable" in meeting the security threats of potential foes

"Worse is that our only ally could not give us the assurance that — in taking a hard line towards the enforcement of our sovereignty rights under international law — it will promptly come to our defense under our existing military treaty and agreements."

Yasay said there are "serious concerns and challenges" with the Chinese, as the country tries to engage them in bilateral talks towards peacefully settling the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. Yasay says such efforts must be "in accordance with the legal and diplomatic process under international law."

"Our past mistakes in fostering and strengthening our friendship with our white big brother will be instructive for this purpose. We will never allow China or any other nation to bully us or deal with Philippine interests under another carrot and stick policy."

Yasay has stressed that the country maintains an "independent foreign policy."

"Independent foreign policy must also be understood in the community of nations.. that they cannot unduly interfere in the domestic affairs of our country," he told CNN Philippines on September 10.