President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he will send ‘gray ships’ if China starts drilling oil in West Philippine Sea.
“I am addressing myself to the Chinese government. We want to remain friends. We want to share whatever it is. Sinabi ko naman sa inyo sa Chinese government, I’m not so much interested now in fishing. I don’t think there’s enough fish really to quarrel about,” President Duterte said on April 19.
“But when we start to mine, when we start to get whatever it is in the bowels of the China Sea, sa ating oil, diyan na ako – then by that time, I will send my ships there,” he said.
“I will send my gray ships there to state a claim. Iyan masiguro ninyo. ‘Pag kinuha na ‘yang oil, kung anong mga nickel diyan and precious stones, that would be the time because that is the time that we should act on it,” the President noted.
“Hindi ngayon na ‘yong pa – pahabol-habolan lang diyan. Ano ba naman? Habulin iyon isang reporter na ano. My God. Ako totoo ‘yan, ‘pag mag-umpisa na sila ng drill ng oil diyan, sabihin ko talaga sa China, is that part of our agreement? Because if it is not part of our agreement, I’m going to also to excavate – to drill my oil there. If you own it, I own it. I do not want a quarrel but that is how it is,” Duterte added.