TANAY, Rizal: President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a “bloody” confrontation if China insists on invading Philippine territory.
In a speech at Camp Capinpin here on Wednesday, Duterte said he will have no choice but to ensure that the country will defend its sovereign rights.
“I’m afraid that if we do not understand each other, we have to pray for that… I guarantee to them [China] na kung kayo pumasok dito [if you invade), it will be bloody and we will not give it to them easily,” Duterte said.
The President said the Philippine government will have to find the best way “to defend our country.”
“We have to do something… It will be the bones of our soldiers, pati na yung akin [as well as mine]. We will not allow any country to bamboozle us. I will not allow it. So it’s up to China,” he added.
He stressed that China cannot go on ignoring the ruling of an international tribunal invalidating Beijing’s claims on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
“Because whether we like it or not, that arbitral judgment would be insisted not only by the Philippines but by the whole countries here in Southeast Asia,” the President said.
“May tama ang lahat e [All will be affected],” he added, naming Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei as among the countries that have claims over parts of the South China Sea.
“I hope China is dealing with us in good faith. They seem to be conciliatory. But we are not insisting on the arbitral judgment. I know, they are listening to us now,” Duterte said.