FOREIGN RELATIONS

DUTERTE STANDS UP TO CHINA: Philippine vessels to stay put in WPS

We will not move an inch backward

“I’d like to put a notice on China. I have two ships there. I tell China now, as I said before, I am not ready to withdraw.”

“I will not retreat. Kill me if you want to kill me. I will be here. This is where our friendship will end.”

Duterte does not intend to wage a war against China, saying the country owes a debt of gratitude for China’s donations and assistance to the government amid the pandemic.

“I don’t want to quarrel with China. I don’t want to quarrel with anyone. We have a debt of gratitude — a big one.”

“We have a stand here and I want to state it here and now again that our ships in Pag-Asa Island and somewhere else, we will not move an inch backward.”

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