- President Rodrigo Duterte left the Philippines for his state visits to Brunei and China
- Duterte promised that he will not bargain on anything with China regarding the issue on the disputed territories
- As for his visit to Brunei, Duterte will seek for closer cooperation and for a stronger relation between the two states
President Rodrigo Duterte vowed that he will not bargain on the disputed territories in his scheduled peace talks with China.
The issue has been a concern for many Filipinos that the Philippines might lose the victory brought by the international tribunal ruling that invalidated China’s territorial claims.
“We will speak softly but we will not bargain anything,” the President assured Filipinos during his pre-departure briefing this Sunday afternoon.
The President has left the Philippines to attend his state visits to Brunei and China.
Duterte added, “We will continue to insist that it is ours and the international tribunal decision will be taken up but there will be no hard imposition. It will remain a special concern and I will be very careful not to bargain anything because after all, I cannot give what is not mine and it is something I am not empowered to do.”
Duterte said that the West Philippine Sea will always be a special area of concern for the Philippines and its people.
Moreover, the PH President noted that his visit to China signals a key turning point between the relations of the two countries.
“I look forward to renewing the ties of friendship between the Philippines and China to reaffirm the commitment to work closer to achieve shared goals for our countries and peoples. We can identify emerging areas of partnership and various fields of cooperation,” Duterte explained.
Meanwhile, Duterte will be meeting Brunei King Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah during his three-day visit in the country in which he will seek for its support for the campaign against illegal drugs.
Brunei has been a steadfast partner of the Philippines, according to Duterte, and he will seek to strengthen the relationship between the two countries for the good of the ASEAN community.