“The reason really why I’m going is that, we’re okay sa ASEAN. But it’s all trade and commerce and everything else under the sun, except but we do not have the platform for terrorism and other problems of law and order,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in his departure speech for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India’s Republic Day Celebration on January 24.
He said there is a vacuum in Celebes Sea and Sulu Sea.
“Bakante tayo diyan eh. And the Moluccas,” he said. “Kaya ako pupunta, sabihin ko: Kung ganito lang naman, so what’s the use of meeting just once a year? And probably the ministerial level, once every three months.”
“They cannot accomplish anything because ‘yung waters natin contiguous to the archipelago of the Philippines is getting to be dangerous. And yet it is only Indonesia who‟s active there,” he said.
“Sasabihin ko sa inyo, kung hindi natin kaya, we’ll just have to call China to come in and blow them off just like Somalia, that Aden Strait there, were it not for the presence of the Chinese, hindi mahinto ‘yung piracy doon,” he said. “It’s doubling up everything – fuel, you have to go around. Then the freight charges, of course it goes with it. And the insurance.”
“We have to come up with a platform of how to deal with terrorism. Ako, I go for a hardline policy. Blow
them up in the high seas. Sirain mo. Kanyunin mo. Otherwise, if we do not do the extreme measures, we’d always be at the mercy of criminal,” he explained.
“Ngayon, ‘pag ayaw nila, eh ‘di tayo. And my orders to the Armed Forces would really be to destroy. Now, well, destroy means you have to destroy physically. And if you have to kill, you kill. That’s the only way to destroy an enemy. It cannot be empty words.”