PH to pursue independent foreign policy despite possible consequences

The Philippine government maintained its position of wanting to pursue an independent foreign policy even if it means possibly facing economic losses and losing preferential treatment from the United States.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, in a press briefing on Monday, said the government is prepared to face consequences of its independent foreign policy, such as protesting violations of its sovereignty and terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement.

The Palace also remains unbothered over reports that several US senators want the US Trade Representative Office to consider cancelling preferential treatment given to the Philippines.

Six Democrat senators earlier urged the White House to refrain from negotiating with Manila in terms of trade, until the country's “human rights records has vastly improved.”