President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines cannot abandon the West Philippine Sea claim, however, to be able to retake features is to declare war.
“You cannot – you cannot abandon the… Nandiyan ‘yan. Pero how to – how to claim back that property because of the arbitral ruling. Sabi ng China: That is ours,” President Duterte said during a press interview after the oath-raking of Malacañang Press Corps, Malacañang Cameramen Association, and Presidential Photojournalists Association on September 10.
“The only way to retake is to declare war. Go there and sink all their ships,” he added.
“If we are ready to do that, okay lang. But kung mag-attack tayo, I want Del Rosario and Carpio leading the way. Ako magtago lang ako sa kusina doon sa barko, hindi ako magpunta doon sa deck,” he added.