We cannot afford wage war with China - Duterte

We cannot afford wage war with China - Duterte




The Philippines cannot afford a war with China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates his stand regarding some quarters calls for a more aggressive stand on China following the country’s win in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in the Hague.

“What do you want me to do, we’ll go to war tomorrow? If you want, then I will go for it. I have many firearms. We can go to war tomorrow if you want, but we can just probably go as far as Palawan. They can already hit us at that place,” the President said in Cebuano during the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban ng Bayan rally in Cagayan de Oro.

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The President made this point again following the filing of former foreign secretary Alberto del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping  for “crimes against humanity” in the International Criminal Court.

“Manila can be reached by the cruise missile of the Chinese in seven minutes. It will be devastated. So, when the time comes for us to retreat, where will we go? We can go to Palawan but that place has plenty of mosquitoes,” Duterte said.

The complaint wanted the Chinese President to be accountable for the destruction of some marine areas in the South China Sea, especially those parts that are also claimed by the Philippines.


Political in nature

Malacanang has categorized the complaint as maybe more of a “political in nature” on the part of Del Rosario and “righteous indignation” on the part of Morales.?“They may know that China is not a member state party. Philippines is not also a state party so how can ICC assume jurisdiction?” Presidential spokesman Atty. Salvador Panelo said.


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