Duterte excited about VIP treatment from China: Kung magpunta ba ako US, i-escort ba ako ng US VP?
President Rodrigo Duterte will watch the Gilas basketball games in China with President Xi Jinping’s replacement in waiting as his “escort.”
Duterte said he was looking forward to having Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan to accompany him in at least one of the national team’s games in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China: versus Italy on Aug. 31, Serbia on Sept. 2 and Angola on Sept. 4.
“Samahan ako ng vice president mismo ng China doon sa basketball. Biro mo? Totoo ‘yan. It’s a break in protocol. Siya mismo ang mag-ano,” said Duterte in a speech.
Duteret his VIP treatment from China was one of the reasons why he was enamored with Xi Jinping because he does not expect to have the same treatment from US President Donald Trump.
“Kaya bakit man ako makipag-away diyan sa… Mag-escort kaya ‘yang vice president ng America sa akin magpunta ako doon?” he said. “Sabi ko nga sa Amerikano pati sa China, both, it’s useless about military alliances. Wala na,” he added.