FOREIGN RELATIONS

DUTERTE CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVOKE CHINA

President dmits being on a ‘tightrope’, avoiding conflict with a friend

 February 12, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Friday that he is on a “tightrope” as he could not afford to provoke China, which he considers as a “friend”.Duterte made the admission, as he emphasized the need to maintain the Philippines’ improved ties with China.

“I am walking on a tightrope actually. I cannot afford to be brave in the mouth against China because we are avoiding any confrontation, a confrontation that would lead to something which we can hardly avoid. At least not at this time,” he said in a speech delivered before his troops in Clark Air Base in Pampanga and to inspect newly-delivered air assets. Read More

 

Lorenzana denies downplaying effect of new China coast guard law

 February 12, 2021

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday took exception to claims that he is downplaying the effects of China’s new coast guard law on Filipino fishermen.“With all due respect to the lady Senator (Risa Hontiveros), I did not downplay China’s new… Read More

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