• Duterte says he won’t impose anything on China

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    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday he would not press China on a ruling by an UN-backed arbitration tribunal on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) despite Beijing’s alleged installation of weapons on artificial islands it had built in the disputed waters.

    “In the play of politics, now, I will set aside the arbitral ruling,” Duterte told reporters during a news conference in Davao City after his state visits to Cambodia and Singapore.

    Duterte was referring to the July international arbitral ruling which favors the Philippines’ maritime claims over the West Philippine Sea.

    “I will not impose anything on China. Why? Because the politics here in Southeast Asia is changing. Like us now, separating or I will separate or I will demand that they (US forces) go out of my country,” the President said.

    Duterte made the statement as he threatened anew to cancel the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, after its aid agency Millennium Challenge Corp. put on hold funding for development programs in the Philippines.

    The President reiterated that the Philippines was not ready to fight to China and said that it was the US who was “egging” a fight.

    On Friday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said the Philippines “cannot stop China at this point in time.”

    The country “will continue to pursue peaceful means at which all of these can be prevented,” he said.

    “[T]here is nothing that we can do about that now, whether or not it is being done for purposes of further militarizing these facilities that they have put up,” Yasay said.

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    1. After fighting with US unnecessarily, Duterte has to kowtow now to China. His ego comes before the country.

    2. Apr 24, 2016
      Report by ABS-CBN News, Duterte declared in a press conference:‎ “I will ask the Navy to bring me to the nearest point in South China Sea that is tolerable to them and I will ride a jet ski‎. I will carry a flag and when I reach Spratlys, I will erect the Filipino flag
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      Guess he doesn’t need that jet ski anymore.

    3. Philippines could not and would not do anything when China took over the reefs, did not do squat when china started building islands on the reefs, did not do anything to follow up on the favorable international court ruling of China violating Philippine sovereign rights, and now announces that it would impose nothing on china (as if Philippines can do anything to china. It can’t,never did, never will). Learn to speak mandarin, and with finality (stop announcing, this is a broken record), just cut the bullshit, swallow hard, and do it and say good bye to US. US do not need the Philippines. Period. US has many other friends and assests other than the Philippines who supports freedom of navigation and aviation in and over the south china sea, via rule of law. .

      • Philippines could not and would not do anything when China took over the reefs, did not do squat when china started building islands on the reefs
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        Didn’t the Philippines allow a couple of their mountains to be stolen or sold by a local governor to the Chinese to build the islands up ?