• Duterte repeats China war threat

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has repeated before Russian television China’s threat of war if the Philippines insisted on drilling for oil in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in Beijing.

    In an interview with Moscow-based news channel Russia Today (RT), released upon his arrival in Russia for an official visit on Monday, the President said confronting China would not help because Manila was not ready for war against Beijing.

    President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by a Russian official upon his arrival at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport late on May 22, 2017. The President is in Russia for a four-day visit as he recalibrates his foreign policy toward China and Russia and away from the United States. AFP Photo

    Duterte, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing last week, said he and Chinese leaders talked about the 2016 ruling of a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal that trashed China’s claims over the disputed waters.

    “I’ve been very frank with them. They said arbitral – I went more than that. I would not tell you what the official said to me, but said ‘We can be friends.’ Then I said ‘I want to drill now, because we want to find…,’” Duterte said.

    But he said he was told by the Chinese: “’Please, do not do it.’ And I said ‘Why?’ – ‘Because instead of being friends we will be enemies, and there might be war.’”

    “Do you expect me to fight China in a war? Do I have the cruise missiles to hit them? Do I have the missiles to launch when they bomb [us]. So what will happen is there is going to be a massacre,” Duterte said.

    Duterte reiterated he would not insist on the arbitration ruling in favor of Manila.

    “Never mind about the insistence of the arbitral. At the end of the day it is this: you say it is yours, and I say it is mine,” he added.

    In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favor of Philippines in its arbitration case against China over conflicting claims on the South China Sea.

    But China ignored the ruling and warned the Philippines against trying to use the verdict as leverage.
    On Friday, Duterte claimed that China warned his administration of war if Manila insisted on its ownership of areas in the disputed waters.

    The President said the Chinese side issued the warning after he expressed the Philippines’ intention to drill oil in the resource-rich waters, particularly Recto (Reed) Bank.

    “We can talk about it later on, but not now, because everybody is grabbing a piece of the property. Maybe when the time comes, when everything is quiet and it’s conducive to talks. And as I said, [we could talk about]joint venture. But not now. No hard selling now. Not yet, because, as I said, everybody is claiming it,” Duterte said.

    Recalibration

    Duterte has taken a soft stance with China as he seeks billions of dollars in trade and investment from Beijing.
    The President is in Moscow for a four-day visit as he recalibrates his foreign policy toward China and Russia and away from the United States.

    Duterte said he would rather choose Russia than the US because it is “bright and generous.”

    “I’m just playing with my mind that the Russians are brighter than the Americans. I think they are more sophisticated, more precise. And I said that since Russia is brighter than America, I’ll go to Russia. Also, because the Russians are not only bright, they are generous and they help all,” he said

    But Duterte also clarified that the Philippines harbors no ill-feelings toward the US, while pursuing closer cooperation with China and Russia.

    “I have nothing against America. They’re perfectly alright. [US President Donald] Trump is my friend. But my foreign policy has shifted from the pro-Western one. I am now working on an alliance with China, and I hope to start a good working relationship with Russia,” Duterte said.

    The Philippines’ relations with the US turned sour after Trump’s predecessor, former US president Barack Obama, criticized Duterte’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs.

    Duterte then launched series of profanity-laced remarks against the US and other critics like the European Union.

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    1. dating magna-nakaw on

      When a country gives aid to another friendly country, the giver should be expecting something good in return as well, maybe to protect their interest in that country. When PDU30 visited China for the first time, he thought he was getting a lot of help because investment and aid were offered to him not realizing that China wanted something bigger than what they have put in, meaning, the return of their money to be invested in the country is very much bigger, or inversely proportional to what they put in. I have mentioned before and I would like to say it again “kung gaano ka swapang ang mga pinoys, sampung beses ang kaswapang ng mga ito” and if PDU30 keeps on telling the Chinks that Ph does not want to go to war with them, the more their heads become bigger and their heads are already swollen as they are.

      There was a treaty signed in the mid ’50s called South East Asia Treaty Organization that is still in effect today. The attack of any member country is also considered as an attack to the United States of America, therefore, U.S.A. have the legal obligation to protect that particular member country. Presently, The United States is very much concern about the security of its Homeland, its citizens , and its allies and partners. They will prevent at all cost any catastrophic attacks in any of their territories, allies and partners. Lastly, all U.S wants is to respect universal values, rules based on international orders that promotes peace, security, opportunity to meet global challenges. The end result of this efforts, is to have an open international economic system that promotes opportunity and prosperity for everybody. To Uncle Digong, please be nice to your friend Donald when he comes and visit you at the end of this year and also express your desire to restore the good relationship that the country once had. The good relationship that both countries enjoyed in the past was never lost, it still there, in quiescent stage. It is just a matter of rejuvenating it.

      emdelacruz.2016@yahoo.com

    2. Time for US to let chips fall where they may and abandon PH including mutual defense treaty. US will continue to confront the chinks on freedom of navigation n aviation thru n over scs but let PH fight their own war with the chinks. If chinks turns it into their province, so be it. PH has been very ungrateful with US help and US need to focus on nations more receptive for its help. US should limit or eliminate business dealings, immigration, international aid (especially during typhon seasons) , n terminate all military aide or sale to such ungrateful nation n its people.

    3. MrD. Please do not adress the US as “friends”, especially DonaldTrump simply because you were tickled pink like a blushing teenager who met his crush when Trump personally gave you a phone call.

      If he was your “friend”, he would immediately facilitate the sale of much needed mil-armaments to Manila in the war against drug-addicts and terrorists, pronto.
      Devoid of any pre-conditions.

      MacArthur was compelled to return to the Philippines not to liberate it, but because he was bribed by Quezon with a lot of Benjamins to do the job.
      He ordered the total destruction of Manila by protracted bombardment because his yellow-bellied G.I.s are queasy in fighting the Japs on a house-to-house urban CQB operations.
      The same cowering soldiers afraid of facing it off with suicidal Nips which is why MacArthur nuked Japan.
      He also had to save face because he left Gen.Jonathan Wainwright and his Yankee buddies behind to suffer under Japanese captivity, while he was living a privileged life in an Australian plantation owner’s comfortable hacienda.

      The US was never a friend to FIlipinos.
      They never were and will never become one.