Malacañang says there is a small chance that the United States will suspend its aid to the Philippine military and police as the US knows how important the Philippines is to them.

Harry Roque Jan 4 18 - Small chance US suspends PH security aid — Palace
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
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Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the statement Thursday after Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild introduced the Philippine Human Rights Act (House Resolution 8313) which seeks to “suspend the provision of security assistance to the Philippines” until the country has made certain reforms to the military and police forces and stop human rights violations.

Roque described the bill as a “wild” suggestion, playing on the surname of the legislator that introduced the measure that got the support of 23 other Democrat legislators.

He said the bill may not even bear fruit.

“That’s a very wild suggestion,” he said.

“Parang dito sa Pilipinas, kahit sino naman pong kongresista pwedeng maghain ng panukalang batas pero ang chances na ‘yang panukalang batas na maisabatas ay napakaliit po (Just like here in the Philippines, any lawmaker can file a bill but the chances of it becoming a law is low),” he added.

The Palace official downplayed Wild’s bill, saying the US knows that the Philippines is an important partner to their national security.

“Kampante po kami na ang US State Department naman po at ang administration ni President Trump ay nakikita ang halaga ng patuloy na kooperasyon sa pagitan ng Estados Unidos at ng Pilipinas (I’m confident that the US State Department and the administration of President Trump see the importance of the continued cooperation between the US and the Philippines),” Roque said.

“Kinikilala naman ng Estados Unidos ang halaga ng Pilipinas sa pagiging partner niya pagdating din sa usaping national security ng Estados Unidos mismo (The US recognizes the importance of the Philippines as its partner when it comes to issues related to their national security),” he added.

Roque said Malacanang respects Wild’s decision to file the bill, adding that the Philippines will not interfere with the affairs of the US.

“So hayaan na po natin ‘yan. ‘Yan po ay personal na opinion ni Congresswoman Wild (Let’s leave it a that. That is Congresswoman Wild’s personal opinion),” he said.

“Hindi natin pinaghihimasukan ang mga desisyon ng mga soberenyang bansa. Kung gusto nilang gawin, gawin nila ‘yan (We will not meddle with the decisions of sovereign countries. If they want to do it, then they should just do it),” he added.

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