Duterte says he may declare war with China if critics will be frontliners

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President Rodrigo Duterte said he will declare war with China over West Philippine Sea provided that his critics who want to be aggressive on China will be the frontliners.

“So sino ‘yung mga gustong pumunta doon ngayon. Okay man ako. We will declare war against China. Provided ‘yung mga ugok, ‘yung maingay mauna sila. Nandiyan ako sa likod nila. Pagdating doon iwanan ko sila. Bahala kayo, eh kayo ‘yung gusto makipagaway eh,” President Duterte said during a media interview in Malacañang Palace on May 16.

President Duterte said he will not send soldiers nor policemen knowing that they will all die.

“Kasi payag ako. I can declare war on China tonight. At sino ang magpunta? Sundalo ko? Pulis ko? Mamatay lang lahat ‘yan. Sinabi ng – why will I go to war for a battle that I cannot win? Para akong g***,” he said.

“Sabi ko nga nun, may over flights na, may satellite, nasa newspaper nandun na may – nag-reclaim na sila. And that arbitration came during the time of Aquino, they filed it. There was sufficient time for him to stop. Siya ‘yung nag-demanda eh,” he said. “Eh bakit hindi sila pumunta doon?”

“Bakit hintayin ninyo ako ngayon? Na kung magka-giyera, maubos naman ang mga sundalo ko pati pulis. Of course, mamatayan sila but we will lose the battle. I am 100 percent about that,” he said.

“Sabi nga ni Noynoy in his press statement, only Amerika can stop – O ‘di bakit hindi niya sinabihan ang Amerika, “pumunta ka doon. Dalhin mo ‘yung aircraft carrier mo, dalhin mo ‘yung cruise missiles mo, dalhin mo ‘yung battleship mo at parahin mo.”

Source: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/20180516-MEDIA-INTERVIEW-WITH-PRESIDENT-RODRIGO-ROA-DUTERTE.pdf