“As reported in Media, this is “a plan” being considered. We at the AFP is yet to receive any formal notice or offer for such air capability deployment.
The existing Mutual Defense Treaty provides that only technical assistance and training may be allowed under the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB).
Direct military actions may only be allowed during actual invasion of the Philippines by another state actor.
We appreciate Pentagon’s reported desire to help the Philippines in the fight against Daesh-inspired Maute Group because terrorism is a global menace that the community of nations must unite to fight against.
However, such proposition if any has to undergo a process. And a covenant must be had between the Commanders-in-Chief of both nations before that option I am adopted.”