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Can’t keep up with arrivals: Duterte admits gov’t didn’t prepare for influx of Chinese visitors

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President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that the government is ill equipped to deal with the influx of foreigners, particularly the Chinese, into the country.

In a speech in Leyte Friday (July 5), Duterte said the country’s airports can “hardly cope up” with the 42 million arrivals yearly.

“Meaning to say, we were — we did not project or prepare that ganito karami ang pupunta sa atin dito, especially when we made friends with China and everybody in the — in the neighborhood,” he said.

Duterte noted that when he won as President in 2016, he was unsure of whether China will consider the Philippines as a friend because the Aquino administration sued it before the International Arbitral Tribunal over sweeping claims in the West Philippine Sea.

“Nung nanalo ako, I was not sure of China because nag-away eh. Eh pinapaalis nga ‘yung mga fishermen because of Aquino,” he said.

The Department of Transportation is eyeing the construction of new airports, such as in Bulacan and Sangley Point, Cavite, to deal with the growing number of people flying into and out of the country.

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