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Duterte breaks silence on WPS collision, rules out military confrontation with China: I am not in my boyhood age anymore!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has finally broken his silence on the collision between a Chinese and Filipino vessel in the disputed West Philippine Sea (WPS).

This, after eight days of being mum on the incident that put the lives of 22 Filipino fishermen at risk after their boat sank near Reed Bank last June 9.

In his speech during the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Cavite, Duterte said there are rules governing the ship-ramming incident in the disputed waters.

“There will be rules for a military confrontation. There will be rules for a mistaken identity attack. There is a rule for fishermen’s boats. There is a rule for an aircraft carrier bumping a banca boat, a fishing boat,” the Chief Executive added.

He likewise rejected the idea of sailing warships through the WPS.

“[W]ith all the — ‘yung galit and one national officials, even urging sending the grey ships, warships doon sa China Sea. Alam mo, gusto ko ‘yan. Kung ako lang ang papiliin niyo, gusto ko ng action. But I am not in my boyhood age anymore. I have a duty that is a burden — sometimes more than I can carry,” said Duterte.

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