- President Duterte revealed that he discussed with Xi Jinping about the disputed territories
- The President insisted the territory is ours
- Xi Jinping replied that they will talk about it soon
President Duterte revealed that he had talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the issue on the disputed territories.
He said that he raised the country’s concern and insisted that it belongs to the Filipinos. Duterte was quoted by GMA saying, “Ako pumunta ng China. I met President Xi Jinping. Ako at ang Gabinete ko. Ang nandoon si Lorenzana, si Esperon, si Manny Piñol. Sabi ko kay Xi Jinping, ‘You know, Mr. President, I know that you are constructing many things there. I will go to our territory because that is ours.’ Ang sinabi ko pa nandiyan man sila lahat, ‘I will dig my oil.’”
He continued, “Tapos sabi ni Xi Jinping, mag-usap lang tayo. You know, that is ours. Sabi niya, no, we will just wait for the right time to talk about it. ‘When is it?’ Sabi niya, ‘in due time.’”
The President explained that he has no intention of dragging the country into a war against China and led by the United States.
This came after critics called the President for being “too soft” on China amidst the sea dispute. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque denied that they are being “too soft” but is practicing ASEAN’s code of conduct to ease the tension in the region.