“That is a maritime incident,” President Rodrigo Duterte said pertaining to the Recto (Reed) Bank incident between Chinese and Filipino fishing vessels which resulted to sinking of the Filipino vessel.
President Duterte made the statement at the 121st anniversary celebration of the Philippine Navy at Commodore Rudiardo A. Brown Beaching Area (CRABBA) located within the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Sangley Point, Cavite City, Cavite.
“Huwag kayong maniwala diyan sa mga pulitiko na bobo,” he added. “Gusto papuntahin ‘yung Navy. You do not send gray ships there, banggaan lang ng barko ‘yan. Do not make it worse, because that’s a fertile ground for [war]. Alam niyong mga sundalo ‘yan miscommunication lang patay na.”
He said that the Philippines will never be ready for a nuclear war.
“Maritime incident in a maritime incident. It is best investigated, and I do not now issue statement because there is no investigation result [yet].” He added that the other party should be given the right to be heard.