President Rodrigo Duterte said during an interview with Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy’s Give Us This Day program that the Philippines is the owner and it is only giving China fishing rights in West Philippine Sea.
“[I]n so many cases tried in Europe about itong fishing rights, the court admitted that there is such a thing as the traditional fishing rights of people, and that you have to allow it without violating the law,” President Duterte said.
“So ako ngayon, sabi nila, “Bakit mo pinayagan ang China?” Sabi ko, “As far as I’m concerned, I’m the owner, and I’m just giving the fishing rights.” Galit sila kung bakit ko daw pinapaisda ‘yung [China],” Duterte said.
“Eh kung hindi ko rin payagan, sabihin ng Amerikano — ah Chinese, “Bakit? Kinahanglan pa ba kami magpermiso sa iyo?” O eh ‘di pagsabi nilang “huwag” eh ‘di mangisda ka,” President Duterte added.
“Kasi tayo ang kawawa ngayon eh kung hindi tayo magpasok doon invoking fishing — traditional fishing rights, we cannot fish there. That is how constricted these guys are. And to think that they are bruited about as learned that if you follow them, “Go there, Duterte, and drive them away,” it will lead — I will not only be able to protect the fishes and the butete, and the danggits, I will blow this entire nation to pieces,” he explained.
“If I go to war? Ah wala. No match. Not our fault. Well, that’s the problem. Itong sabi nila na that I committed a constitutional transgression. Tapos they want to impeach me, really? Eh ‘di try,” he said.