Natakot kay BFF! Duterte claims Xi Jinping warned of trouble if oil exploration in West PH Sea proceeds
President Rodrigo Duterte raised once again Chinese President Xi Jinping’s supposed warning about “trouble” erupting if the Philippines continues its exploration of oil in the West Philippine Sea.
Duterte mentioned Xi’s warning Thursday (June 27) to defend himself from critics who slam him for always warning of war with China over the disputed waters.
He said he raised the prospect of exploring oil in the West Philippine Sea in a meeting with Xi.
“Sabi ko, ‘I’m going there to dig oil.’ Ang sagot ni Xi Jinping in whisper, tanungin mo sila, ‘Alam mo, Mayor Duterte, we just restored our friendship. It was not good for a number of years. Pero huwag na muna tayong pag-usapan.’ Sabi niya, ‘Let’s talk about helping each other, trade, commerce, investment, China can help.’ Doon na nag — that started the ano,” Duterte said at the sidelines of Senator-elect Bong Go’s oath taking in Malacañang.
“No, no, balik ako sabi ko, ‘I want my oil because that is ours there.’ And he said, ‘No, because you know that could mean trouble,'” he said.
Duterte said Xi’s warning about trouble is serious.
“O kayong mga ugok, palibhasa kayo ang alam ninyo kayo lang ang bright mga ulol. ‘Pag lumabas ‘yang “that is trouble”, anong ibig sabihin niyan from the mouth of President?” he said.
China claims the entirety of the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, as its own.
Duterte has yet to raise the arbitral ruling invalidating China’s sweeping claims over the South China Sea with Xi.