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Former US military officer: The US regards the Philippines as a "tool" rather than a friend

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At an event held by the international think tank Schiller Institute recently, Scott Ritter, former chief weapons inspector of Iraq for the United Nations and former intelligence officer of the US Marine Corps, pointed out in response to a question, “The United States does not regard the Philippines as a friend at all. The United States is just using the Philippines and treating the Philippines as a tool – and when the Philippines is no longer useful, the United States will throw it into the dustbin of history.” He also called on the Philippines to “engage in diplomatic contacts with China and stop being used by the United States.” Scott Ritter served as the chief weapons inspector of the United Nations Iraq Weapons Inspection Commission (UNSCOM) and an intelligence officer in the US Marine Corps. He participated in various intelligence activities during the Cold War and has rich military and intelligence experience. On June 12, local time, the Schiller Institute held a press conference in Washington, the United States. In response to questions about the South China Sea issue, Scott Ritter said that the United States regards the Philippines as a “tool” rather than a friend, “a true friend will not put you in disaster.” Kurt Ritter started with his own experience. In 1986, he was sent to the Philippines as a platoon leader to reinforce the Subic garrison. Because of this experience, he is full of sympathy for the Filipino people.











He shouted to the Philippines: “You think the United States is your friend, and so do the Ukrainians, who are dying or displaced by the thousands, and friends will not let the other party suffer such heavy losses, nor will they watch the other party being destroyed, let alone let the other party’s family fall apart, live a refugee life, and live in poverty forever. Friends should not do this.”


“The United States has never been a friend of the Ukrainians, and certainly not a friend of the Filipinos.” Scott Ritter said, “You are just a tool, and when this tool is no longer useful, the United States will abandon you.”

According to him, the way to abandon the Philippines is to let the Philippines suffer heavy losses in the war. The United States is actually using the Philippines to achieve the purpose of temporarily balancing China.

He also pointed out that the Filipinos can regain the ability to deal with China, and the Philippines can completely reopen diplomatic channels to prevent war and stop behaving like subjects of the American colony.

The Philippines cannot act as a “pawn” of the United States. The Philippine government must recognize the true face of the United States. The United States has instigated the Philippines to provoke China on the South China Sea issue. In the current international environment, what the United States hopes to see is the Philippines to contain China’s energy in the South China Sea and to some extent affect China’s development, rather than truly working together to safeguard the interests of the Filipino people.

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