If PH can’t be self-reliant, choose: Be a territory of the US or China’s province – Pres. Duterte

If PH can’t be self-reliant, choose: Be a territory of the US or China’s province – Pres. Duterte



Can we be self reliant? That was the question posed by president Rodrigo Roa Duterte during his speaking engagement in the oath-taking of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts officials and presentation of Ani ng Dangal awardees.

The President pose the question that if we cannot stand on our own feet might as well choose between becoming a United States of America territory or we can be a province of China.



“Kasi ‘pag hindi natin kaya (If we can’t do it), we have no business being a Republic. You might as well choose,” Duterte said.

Philippine and US Marines begin their assault after storming the beach during an amphibious landing exercise during the two-week joint 2018 US-Philippines military exercise facing the South China Sea in the northwestern Philippines . (photo credit to owner)


“We can be a territory of the Americans or we can be a province of China.”

The President asked this question in thw wake of his decision to finally terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States of America, he notes that he recalled asking the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) whether or not we can survive without the US.

“Ang tanong ko lang sa Armed Forces (My question to the Armed Forces), ‘Mabubuhay ba tayo kung wala ang Amerika? (Can we survive without the Americans?) Can we fight the wars?’,” Duterte asked.



Tayo, isang bayan (We are a nation). Sa (In the) Republic of the Philippines, do you need a powerful country—the most powerful country, at that United States? Do we need America to survive as a nation? Do we need America now to fight a rebellion in our entire country? Do we need their arms?” Duterte further asked.

To which the Philippine Nationa Police (PNP) and the AFP have answered on the affirmative to the question if we can survive without the Unites States.

“And the military and police said, ‘Sir, kaya natin (we can)’,” he said.

The President also explained that America’s meddling in Philippine purely internal affairs is the reason why he decided to terminate the 20-year-old VFA.



“Well, every day in the newspapers and in the halls of the Senate of the United States, we were being portrayed as a Republic incapable of administering simple justice,” Duterte said.











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