President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated during the 117th anniversary of the Office of the Solicitor General in Pasay City on July 3 that the Philippines cannot go to war against China over West Philippine Sea.
The President also said in jest that if the Philippines is already strong by year 4001 it can invade China.
“That’s why sabi ko: hayaan mo lang ang China. Hindi naman natin ma-giyera, we cannot retake it. I went to China to buy arms. Anong sabi ni Xi Jinping? ‘Yung kumprotasyon namin diyan sa China,” Duterte said.
“That’s a geopolitics actually. Naglalaro ako ng baraha dito, wala man rin akong magawa, dito muna ‘yang China.’Pag year 4001, tigas na tayo, invade natin ‘yung China, kunin natin ‘yung oil natin. By that time, i-straw mo, wala na. Maski bunbon (sand),” he said.
It can be recalled that President Duterte said Chinese President Xi Jinping told him there will be trouble if Philippines will try to extract oil and gas in the disputed West Philippine Sea.
In many occasions, Duterte said China can provide help if ever terrorists will launch massive attacks in southern Philippines.
Sources: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/05/18/duterte-pag-year-4001-invade-natin-yung-china; http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/659258/duterte-pag-year-4001-invade-natin-yung-china/story/