President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the Chinese people and government for offer to help address COVID-19. The President expressed gratitude during a public address, March 12, announcing the government’s move to put Metro Manila in “community quarantine” after raising COVID-19 alert to Code Red sublevel 2.
“China, you know, President Xi Jinping, for all of his goodness to us, wrote me a letter and said that he is willing to help. All we have to do is to ask,” President Duterte said.
“Ako, ang tingin ko, maybe there will be a time if things deteriorate, that I have to call on China to help,” he noted. “He has said that they have managed the crisis very well in his country and he is very much willing to help kung kailangan.”
“So to the Chinese government, to the people especially to President Xi Jinping, thank you for the consoling words. And maybe – I hope it would not reach to that point – but maybe we will need your help. Salamat po,” he said.