President Rodrigo Duterte said during his April 28 Talk to the People that China is a good friend and the country does not want trouble them, but there are things that cannot be compromised.
“We do not want war with China. China is a good friend. Mayroon tayong utang na loob na marami pati ‘yong bakuna natin. So China, let it be known, is a good friend, and we do not want a trouble with them, especially a war,” President Duterte said.
“But there are things which are not really subject to a compromise, kagaya nang ginawa mag-atras-atras. Mahirap po ‘yan,” he added. “Sana they will understand but I have the interest of my country also to protect. It might not really be a might — an armed might, but it is really a claim of sovereignty which I cannot.”
“Iyan nandiyan na ‘yon, ‘yan na example. O sige, tingnan natin anong gawain natin o ano ginawa nila? Now, let us compare it is evolving na nangyayari pa, it is evolving. Now, let us see what happens. Ako, kung paalisin tayo nang ganoon lang, ‘umalis kayo’, sabihin ko, huwag kayong umalis. Bakit kayo aalis diyan? Atin ’yan eh,” President Duterte said.