President Rodrigo Dutere said during a press brief after the arrival event for Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines on February 28 that the Philippines do not need weapons capable of fighting other countries. “We do not need weapons that could fight other countries because we do not have it – the arms – and we do not want it,” the President said.
“Ang pinakamabigat ang Amerikano, ang hinihingi nila ang base. Alam mo ba kung anong mangyari? Do you know the direct consequence,” he said.
“Kung magka-giyera and it will surely start maybe in the theater of war would be the Spratly and China Sea. Katabi lang tayo. Pangasinan, it’s just — nakaharap. Maraming probinsiya nandiyan. Alam mo kung may armaments sila dito, ang unang tatamaan ‘yon,” he added.
“We are taking a very big gamble there. Kasi kung walang armaments sa Pilipinas, ‘yon lang kailangan natin sa counter-insurgency, okay na. We do not need weapons that could fight other countries because we do not have it – the arms – and we do not want it,” President Duterte said. “Ang unang matamaan, ang Pilipinas kasi nandito ‘yung base, nandito ‘yung mga armas nila. The arms are stored everywhere in the Philippines, baka hindi niyo alam. May mga depots all around the Philippines where the arms are.”
“Sinabi ko sa kanila, I cannot stop you because we have yet to renegotiate the Visiting Forces Agreement. But I am warning you that if I get hold of a hard information that the nuclear armaments are here brought by you, I will immediately ask you to go out and I will terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement ora mismo,” Duterte said.