President Rodrigo Duterte has made a challenge to Western superpowers in the hope of silencing his trigger-happy critics on his “lame” response to China’s claim on South China Sea.
“Ito ang hamon ko, ang hamon ko sa America, Britain, France, mag-assemble tayo dito sa Palawan tapos diretso na tayo doon sa Spratlys. Agawin na natin kung maagaw natin,” said Duterte in a speech during the anniversary of the Presidential Security Group.
“Ah kung maubos tayo lahat… Sabihin nila, ‘Duterte is not protecting the interest of the Filipino’. You’re a g****** s***. You want me to put the lives of 110 million Filipinos by going into trouble? Gusto mo ipusta mo ‘yang…,” said Duterte.
Duterte stressed that he was not afraid of going to war China, he was just being realistic. “Para maintindihan ninyo ‘yung galit ko. Hindi ako sa hindi natatakot.
Kung gusto nila, sabi ko nga, mag-imbita sila kay hindi naman talaga natin kaya ‘yang — p*** karami ng armas diyan ngayon. Sabay-sabay kami,” he said.
“Ako, si (President Donald) Trump, diyan sa deck. Teleskopyo, malapit na tayo. ‘Pag sumabog tayong apat, ‘di okay lang, eh di tapos na ang… It’s not the time to go to war. Eh kasi hindi… Reality, that’s geopolitics,” he added.
Duterte said only the US, with its superior naval fleet, could stop China from claiming an “entire ocean” in this day and age and yet it did nothing when China militarized South China Sea during the Aquino administration.
“Dumating ang panahon that China became a great power and had an arsenal comparable to any western power now. If not could rival or already in parity, tabla na sa America,” said Duterte.
“And that is why – I just said the geopolitics – ang western power hanggang overflights lang sila pati padaan-daan. But they cannot confront China directly na mag-istambay sila diyan at sabihin nila ‘walang may-ari nito’,” Duterte said.