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Nag banggaan lang! Duterte calls Recto Bank collision a ‘little maritime accident’

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has warned against making a big deal out of the collision incident involving a Chinese fishing vessel and a Filipino boat near Recto Bank in the disputed West Philippine Sea, describing it as a “little maritime accident.”

“‘Yang nangyari diyan sa banggaan that is a maritime incident. Huwag kayong maniwala diyan sa mga politiko na bobo na. Gusto papunta ‘yung — papuntahin ‘yung Navy. You do not send grey ships there. Banggaan lang ng barko ‘yan. Do not make it worse because there is a — that’s a fertile ground for… Alam ninyong mga sundalo miscommunication ‘yan, patay na,” said Duterte during the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Navy in Cavite.

The Chief Executive also stressed that the Philippines is not prepared for a nuclear attack.

“We are not yet as ready. And we can never be ready in a nuclear war. Because in a nuclear war kung bitawan lahat ‘yan, Earth will dry up and we will all be destroyed and that is the end of everything,” said Duterte.

“Paliparin lahat ‘yan nuclear — sundalo kayo. Dalawa lang ang bomba tumuyo ang Japan. Eh but — bitawan ‘yan almost 1,000 warheads? ‘Di anong mangyari? ‘Di walang tutubo dito, pati isda ubos… If we have to die, we must have to die in the correct way and to die with dignity,” he added.

In defense of his continued silence on the issue, the President pointed out that “there is no investigation and there is no result.”

He said, “The only thing that we can do is to wait and give the other party the right to be heard. Importante ‘yan eh.”

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