President Rodrigo Duterte described the taking of Filipino fishermen’s catch in Bajo de Masinloc also known as Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal by Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) personnel as barter with problem in valuation.
“‘Yung mangingisda. Natural man talaga ‘yung ano, maski – maski tayo. It was a barter in exchange for the – ‘yung isda. Eh ang problema, ang valuation. Eh you do not have a way of… In a barter, it’s wishful thinking ah ‘yan, the value of that is… Hindi tayo nagkakaintindihan dito. It was not an outright seizure,” President Duterte said during the 120th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
Duterte said the Philippines has been filing diplomatic protests “hindi lang natin pinublish ‘yung protesta natin. We protested actually.”
“You know China for all of its ano – has adopted an intransigent behavior. But if you talk to them they listen,” he added.
“There will be a time in that talk sa bilateral, and they were there to hear it from me. Doon ‘yung – everybody was represented, military, civilian,” he said.
He also noted that he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that “there will be a time during my administration before I go and make the exit that we will have to discuss the arbitral ruling arising from our ruckus here in the China Sea.”
President Duterte also said that China can be one of the countries that can help Philippines if ever terrorists in southern Mindanao conduct another attack.
“May usapan kami that kung kailangan talaga, maybe I can import the arms, the guided missiles, I can fight better,” he said. “Because there is a new art of war now. It is not in the open field. It’s in the buildings where they position.”