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President Duterte reiterates “No War Policy vs. China”

President Rodrigo Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday expressed his willingness to talk with the Chinese ambassador in order to make it clear that the Philippines does not want war over the disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea as he urged the “Middle Kingdom” to treat us Filipinos as brothers.

“China, it’s not worthy, I don’t go to war,” said Duterte in a speech during the annual commemoration of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani where he specifically addressed the Chinese government and its ambassador.

The President said he wants the talks with China to prosper and will not do anything that may jeopardize it. The Philippines, through former President Fidel Ramos who leads the panel for the talks with China, has met with Chinese officials recently to look into future discussion between the two countries on the West Philippine Sea issue.

Earlier, the President said the country will not cite the arbitral court’s decision for now so as not to affect the on going talks between the two countries.

“I’ll keep silent now, and the ambassador is there. But I will state my case before you. I will never bring the matter (arbitral court’s decision), because it might lead only to the suspension of the talks with China,” Duterte said.

The president also intimated his objection to outsiders meddling into the affairs of the country and its issue with China. He stressed that the issue is something limited only to the two countries, the reason why the issue should only be discussed with China.

“I propose that we just have a soft landing everywhere but for now, Mr. Ambassador, I want to just talk to you for a moment,” the president said.

At the same time, the president jokingly asked the Chinese Ambassador to give the Philippines the time to build its force to cope with their superiority.

The West Philippine Sea, because of its huge marine resources entices poor fishermen to fish and that China must understand the flight of the poor Filipino fishermen.

‘That’s why they are there because they are poor,” Duterte explained.

At the same time, President Duterte emphasized that “the Chinese people this time might find a place in their hearts for the Filipinos. After all, I come from— there’s a Chinese blood in me, so I hope that you treat us your brothers, not your enemies and take note of the plight of our citizens.”

Rodolfo Andal
Aside for writing for Beyond Deadlines, Rodolfo "Rudy" Andal is also a senior reporter of Pilipino Star Ngayon covering the Malacanang beat, a prized assignment for Philippine based reporters. He started working as journalist in 1989 and is a news stringer of Associated Press and Asahi Shimbun, two of the most prestigious wire services in the world.

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