- President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines can solve its own problems
- This came after he called for the cancellation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US
- He said if the Philippines cannot make independent decisions, we might as well be a colony of the US or a province of China
President Rodrigo Duterte shared how confident he is that the Philippines can solve its own problems even without the help of the United States.
During his speech at the 2020 “Ani ng Dangal” Awards in Malacañang, Duterte said the Philippines has no business being a republic if we cannot solve our own problems. Following his announcement of the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Duterte said the country is doing its best on its own.
Duterte was quoted by Manila Bulletin saying, “Tayo, isang bayan. Do you need a powerful country — the most powerful country at that – the United States of America -to survive as a nation? Do we need America now to
fight a re bellion in our entire country? Do we need their arms?”
“We are doing it. Sila maraming mga sophisticated intelligence, gadgets. Tayo wala, mano-mano lang ito. But we are doing it,” he added.
Duterte said that if the country fails to work independently from any foreign aid, we might as well become a colony of the US or province of China.
“Kasi ‘pag hindi natin kaya, we have no business being a Republic. You might as well choose. We can be a territory of the Americans or we can be a province of China. Kung hindi natin kaya, ganun lang,” he said.
The President defended his decision to terminate VFA after the cancellation of Senator Roland Dela Rosa’s US visa.
“I am the most deliberate. Hindi mo pwedeng laruan ang Republika ng Pilipinas with a kn
ee-jerk reaction. It’s always what is good for our country,” he said.