‘We do not make friends in anticipation of what China can give’ – Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday denied that his administration has befriended China because of what the East Asian nation could give.

“They [China] offered to help. If the aid is coming, good. If not, okay lang rin sa akin (it’s okay with me) because we do not make friends in anticipation of what they can give us. That is stupid. We make friends because we just like to be friends,” he said in a meeting with his PDP-Laban party mates.

Duterte conveyed anew his gratitude to China for providing the country with Covid-19 vaccines, some of which were given for free.

He said China’s Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines were the first brand of vaccines to arrive in the country last February.

“If your friend is kind to you, then be thankful. Kagaya nga nang pag-umpisa nitong contagion, wala talaga tayong bakuna (During the start of this contagion, we really don’t have vaccines). The other nations who are rich and who had reached the apex of their technology, sila ang unang nakapagbakuna (they were the first to get vaccinated),” he added. PNA.GOV.PH