- President Rodrigo Duterte explained how he didn’t promise anything about the West Philippine Sea during his election campaign
- Duterte said China remains to be a good benefactor
- The President added that Filipinos don’t have to be rude or disrespectful
President Rodrigo Duterte said he never promised anything about the dispute in the West Philippine Sea during his election campaign.
In his latest public address, the President remarked that he didn’t make a promise to the public during the 2016 election campaign that he would retake the Philippine features in the West Philippine Sea.
“I never, never in my campaign as president promised the people that I would retake the West Philippine Sea. I did not promise that I will pressure China,” Duterte said.
The President clarified that he knows how serious the dispute issue on the West Philippine Sea is and that diplomacy is needed on the matter.
“I never mentioned about China and the Philippines in my campaign because that is a very serious matter. I never promised anything. Just because I’m president gusto ninyo makipag-away ako,” Duterte added.
As tensions rose in the disputed waters, the President called for calmness and respect. He noted how the Filipinos don’t need to be “rude and disrespectful” towards China.
Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana issued strong statements against the continued presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.
“China remains to be our benefactor and just because, if I may just add something to the narrative, just because we have a conflict with China does not mean to say we have to be rude and disrespectful,” Duterte said.
“As a matter of fact we have many things to thank China for in the past and itong tulong nila ngayon,” he added.