“China never asked for anything. China has been giving us everything but never asked anything from us actually,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on February 28 during a press briefing after the arrival event for CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac.
In his speech during the event, President Duterte noted that “China has donated several vaccines to several countries, but it is only the donation made to the Philippines that was carried by a Chinese government plane.”
“Iyong iba kinukuha doon sa China. Dito, hinatid sa atin,” he said.
He also told the Chinese ambassador “maybe at the end of the year, when everything has settled down – I intend to make a short visit to China to just shake hands with President Xi Jinping and to personally thank him for this donation.”