President Rodrigo Duterte said during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on August 17 that China does not need to convey “nasty words” to Philippine military assets patrolling the West Philippine Sea.
“You know, when you create an artificial island I think that it would be… Ang sabi ko sa China, ‘yung sabi niya, “Filipinos. Go out of…” You cannot create islands there and claim the sea. That is not an island,” President Duterte said.
This is after BBC Tokyo Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes released a video showing how China warned a Philippine military aircraft.
“Artificial islands – are prohibited in the middle sea. Iyan nga ang rule diyan eh,” the President added.
“Just because we are friends, huwag mo na kaming – “Filipinos. Go out there or that is your responsibility if anything will happen.” Alam naman – you know very well that we will not attack anybody there, And we are a claimant of the group of islands,” he said.
“And we are not – I told you we are not prepared to go to war with you, so why do you have to say those nasty words? There’s no need for that. We are your friend,” he said.