“I made friends with China, but I never abandoned our relationship with America. Wala naman akong sinabing masakit sa kanila,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during his meeting with Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) executives and other government officials on July 7.
“The Filipinos must realize na ang Amerikano nandito not because they want to defend us, ito ‘yong battleground nila. So nandito sila because instead of fighting it out in the state of California, they would rather do it here in the Philippines, kung may battleground man tayo,” he added. “Historically kung hindi sila napunta rito at ‘yong World War II nadale tayo, it’s because nandito sila.”
President Duterte added, “‘Yong ibang countries na wala sila, hindi man ginalaw ng Hapon. At kasi nandito tayo, so we suffered, well, water under the bridge. But ganoon na nga we – subjugation and then another – the worse the subjugation of Spain for 400 years sa ating bayan.”
“We were in our land, our forefathers were really treated as second-class citizens, if not, as slaves. Kaya matagal naman ‘yan, but hindi sabihin mo it – time can erase those… Ang ano ko lang, siguro ‘yong lolo ng lolo ko, o tatay ng lolo ko noon, how they must have suffered a foreign subjugation,” he said. “Kaya neutral tayo, China, I make friends with China. Hindi naman ako talaga – they offered to help. If the aid is coming, good. If not, okay lang rin sa akin because we do not make friends in anticipation of what they can give to us. That is stupid. We make friends because we just like to be friends.”