Ex-Palace spox sees heightened US interest on SCS

Published November 9, 2020, 12:22 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The United States under President-elect Joe Biden is expected to show heightened interest over the South China Sea, former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Monday.

Former presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda
(Official Gazette website / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“There will be a heightened emphasis on South China Sea towards freedom of navigation,” Lacierda said during an interview on CNN Philippines.

Lacierda said that “30 percent of the world’s trade fly through the South China Sea.”

Though the administration of President Donald Trump has “more or less adopted an isolationist policy, he clarified that “the US military has not neglected its role.”

“Hopefully this new presidency on the part of the Biden administration will give more emphasis towards us,” said Lacierda, despite the policy shift of President Duterte for the Philippines to be friendlier to China and Russia.

The former presidential spokesperson noted that 40 percent of remittances of overseas Filipino workers come from the US and 70 percent of business process outsourcing revenues also comes from the US.

Lacierda said that he also expects that the Biden administration will also show more interest on human rights issues in the Philippines.

“I think one of the more fundamental difference would be Democrats tend to be more emphasis on human rights.”