Duterte opposes military drills in South China Sea: Baka magalit ang China!
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed opposition to conduct military drills in the disputed South China Sea, saying it will only increase tension in the region.
Duterte had this to say on Thursday during the sidelines of the last day of the 33rd Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related summits.
The Philippines, according to him, would not risk war with China over the hotly-contested region.
“No because — it’s not military drills because I said China is already in possession. It’s now in their hands. So why do you have to create frictions — strong fri — military activity that will prompt a response from China?” Duterte said when asked if the country will take part in a military display in the disputed waters.
Aside from the Philippines and China, other countries laying claim to South China Sea are Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
“I do not mind everybody going to war, except that the Philippines is just beside those islands. And if there’s a shooting there, my country will be the first to suffer. That’s my only in — that is my only national interest there. Nothing else.,” he added.