- President Duterte criticized the US for not doing enough to assist the Philippines
- He went on to thank China for helping out in his aggressive drug war
- Duterte also explained that the Philippines cannot go to war with China regarding the territorial dispute due to the latter country’s superior military power
During his speech in front of a Filipino crowd in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Rodrigo Duterte once again criticized the U.S. and gave praises to China.
Duterte thanked the U.S. for their assistance but added that the Western nation could have done more in helping the Philippines.
“We are the recipients of so many things from America. Thank you for your generosity. But they sold us only two FA-50s. But they never gave us the missiles and the bullets and the cannons to fire from those planes,” the President explained.
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On the other hand, Duterte applauded China for helping out in his aggressive campaign against the illegal drug trade in the Philippines. China has reportedly helped the Philippines build rehabilitation centers for drug users who have either surrendered or have been arrested.
“I would like to thank China for being so generous to us. Only China ang magtulong sa atin (Only China is helping us). Ang America, they just gave you principles of law and nothing else,” Duterte stated.
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As for the West Philippine Sea territorial dispute, Duterte said that he prefers to have peaceful talks with China instead of going to war because the Philippines’ military capabilities are far inferior compared to China’s.
The President also justified his aggressive stance against illegal drugs, saying that many overseas Filipino workers come home only to find that their beloved children’s lives have been destroyed by drug addiction.
“That’s why I said, if you do drugs in this country, I will kill you. Why? Because you will destroy a whole generation,” the President pointed out.
Around 3,000 alleged drug criminals have been killed since Duterte assumed office, both during police operations and in summary executions. Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has assured the public that policemen are not involved in the summary killings and that the drug lords and pushers are the ones responsible for the murders.