President Rodrigo Duterte said in an interview with Russian media RT, aired January 24, that the Chinese and Russian governments have respect for Philippines’ sovereignty and the United States government lacks it.
“US continues to look at us as vassal state because we’re under Americans for 50 years and they lived off the fat of the land before we got our independence,” President Duterte said.
“We went to war against them. So if I cannot get a credible posture from the Americans, I can get it from the Russian and the Chinese government[s], it’s because they respect the sovereignty of the country, which America is totally lacking,” he added.
“[T]he economics, I’m veering towards so many… I’d like to open new fronts with Russia, with China,” President Duterte said.
“We have increased in trade and commerce. It’s robust. And maybe if I could start trading with Russia it would be good, it would be that fine,” he added.