Duterte to US after meeting with Xi:
"We do not need the money. China said they will provide so many," he said. "The politics here in Southeast Asia is changing."
"We do not need you," Duterte said in a news conference after arriving from visits to Cambodia and Singapore. "Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA."
The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), signed in 1998, accorded legal status to thousands of U.S. troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.
"Bye, bye America and work on the protocols that will eventually move you out of the Philippines," he said, adding his decision would come "any day soon" after reviewing another military deal, Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement.
The firebrand leader was visibly upset and vented his anger on Washington because of a decision by the Millennium Challenge Corp (MCC) board to defer vote on the re-selection of Manila for compact development due to human rights issues.
(Reporting by Karen Lema, Manuel Mogato and Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Alison Williams)
Philippines' Duterte says Xi offering gas deal if arbitration case ignored
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an international arbitral award that went against Beijing.
Duterte said Chinese President Xi Jinping told him during their recent meeting that if he ignored the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s 2016 ruling, China would agree to be the junior partner in a joint venture to develop gas deposits at the Reed Bank, located within Manila’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
“Set aside the arbitral ruling,” Duterte was quoted as telling reporters late Tuesday in remarks provided by his office on Wednesday.
“Set aside your claim,” he said, quoting Xi. “Then allow everybody connected with the Chinese companies. They want to explore. If there is something, they said, we will be gracious enough to give you 60%, only 40% will be theirs. That is the promise of Xi Jinping.”
Duterte says no longer insisted on further response after Xi rejected arbitral ruling
President Rodrigo Duterte said he no longer insisted on a further response from Chinese President Xi Jinping after raising the arbitral ruling and getting rejected again.
“I am not satisfied with your answer, but I will not ask for any other answer, I’ll just remain where I am, where I started, considering you are under stress by the incidents dito sa Hong Kong,” Duterte recalled telling Xi during their bilateral meeting in Beijing last week.
Duterte said Xi is “hot headed” over the Hong Kong protests and there could be a “better timing” when to raise the arbitral ruling which favored the Philippines.
Asked by reporters during a media briefing in Malacañang on Wednesday what would be his next step on the West Philippine Sea, Duterte said, “Quo vadis, Philippines.”
Duterte says China's Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oil
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday Chinese counterpart China Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea.
“We intend to drill oil there, if it’s yours, well, that’s your view, but my view is, I can drill the oil, if there is some inside the bowels of the earth because it is ours,” Duterte said in a speech, recalling his conversation with Xi.
“His response to me, ‘we’re friends, we don’t want to quarrel with you, we want to maintain the presence of warm relationship, but if you force the issue, we’ll go to war.”
Duterte has long expressed his admiration for Xi and said he would raise the arbitration ruling with him eventually, but needed first to strengthen relations between the two countries, which the Philippines is hoping will yield billions of dollars in Chinese loans and infrastructure investments.
The Hague award clarifies Philippine sovereign rights in its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone to access offshore oil and gas fields, including the Reed Bank, 85 nautical miles off its coast.
It also invalidated China’s nine-dash line claim on its maps denoting sovereignty over most of the South China Sea.
Duterte has a reputation for his candid, at times incendiary, remarks and his office typically backpeddles on his behalf and blames the media for distorting his most controversial comments.
Duterte recalled the same story about his discussion with Xi on oil exploration in a recorded television show aired moments after the speech.
He said Xi told him “do not touch it”.
Duterte: Xi Jinping won't allow moves to remove me from office
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday revealed Chinese President Xi Jinping swore to protect him from moves that will result in his removal from office.
"The assurances of Xi Jinping were very encouraging...'We will not allow you to be taken out from your office, and we will not allow the Philippines to go to the dogs,'" Duterte said. "Siguro kasi freely elected leader naman ako, it could be a very justified statement."
The two leaders met at the Boao Forum for Asia last month, affirming the diplomatic relationship between Philippines and China amid territorial disputes.
Duterte delivered the speech aboard the BRP Davao Del Sur, docked at Casiguran Bay in Aurora, to lead the send-off for 50 Filipino scientists who will conduct research on the Benham Rise.
"'Well we just restored our relationship. I think it's a new era for us and if I may beg you not to bring this up forcefully because there will be a time when we'll be discussing it.'" Duterte said, once again citing Xi on the South China Sea issue.
"We are not giving up our rights. We are still insisting until now to the point they are now willing ang sabi ni Xi Jinping…They are now offering for a joint exploration and development," he added.
The Philippines said it will take diplomatic action over these recent military moves and island building of the Chinese government. So far, however, Duterte has not raised an international arbitral ruling invalidating Beijing's vast claims in the South China Sea although he has promised to do so during his term.
On March 2017, Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano filed an impeachment case against Duterte over the alleged extrajudicial killings due to his war against illegal drugs. The House Committee on Justice unanimously voted to junk the complaint.
Alejano then filed a supplemental impeachment complaint over Duterte's "failure to assert the country's exclusive sovereign rights and maritime rights and territorial claims" over Benham Rise, Panatag Shoal, and the rest of the South China Sea.
“I am Chinese”: Rodrigo Duterte explained the Philippines’ shift in the South China Sea to China’s CCTV
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, Beijing’s new best friend, has swiftly pivoted away from the US and into China’s arms, and arrived in Beijing today for a high-profile visit where he’s promised to improve economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Since he was elected little over 100 days ago, Duterte has trashed the US and played up links between the Philippines and China, even repeatedly bringing up the fact that he has a Chinese grandfather who came from Xiamen.
In a 20-minute interview broadcast by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Oct. 18 (though it was recorded in Manila on Oct. 13), Duterte and host Shui Junyi discussed a range of issues, but the interview was dominated by the two countries’ territorial dispute in the South China Sea and Manila’s about-face over the dispute.
Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, challenged Beijing’s aggression in the South China Sea in an international tribunal and won, with a July 12 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague invalidating China’s sweeping maritime claims. It was a huge victory for the Philippines and supported by Western allies like the US and Australia, but Duterte seems uninterested in using the result to rally international pressure against China—despite once vowing to ride into the South China Sea on a jet ski while waving the Philippine flag.
Duterte: I love Xi Jinping, need China more than anybody else
For being a ready hand to the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he loves Chinese President Xi Jinping because the latter understands his problems and is always willing to help.
“I just simply love Xi Jinping. He understood, he understands my problem and he is willing to help,” Duterte said in a press conference in Davao before leaving country to China to attend the Boao Forum for Asia.
Asked by a Chinese reporter on the relationship between the Philippines and China, the President said it will bloom into something big and beautiful like a flower.