President Rodrigo Duterte said that China has claimed the entire ocean of South China Sea and is slowly eating up the West Philippine Sea.
“I have nothing against China but China claimed the entire ocean of China Sea,” Duterte said onboard BRP Davao del Sur, Casiguran, Aurora on May 15.
“So not only did assert its jurisdiction over the distance of the 12-mile limit territorial waters, and what would be known as the sovereign rights of a sovereign country territory, lumagpas na and they have claimed entire ownership, proprietary in nature,” he said.
He added that in the Philippines “it was the Philippines – the Philippine Sea that was eaten slowly.”
“Aquino filed for arbitration, he won. From the time the arbitration award was handed down to the time that he was nearing his end, there was sufficient time for him to act and do something,” he added.
“There was a reclamation being done but wala naman tayong nagawa at hindi ko man panahon. ‘Yung panahon ko na, bumuwelo nang husto,” he said.
He said that during his first visit to China he raised the issue of maritime dispute. “You know, Mr. President, we are claimants to that island and we have this arbitral award. Though I am not insisting on its solution now, I’d like you to know that I am going to China Sea to claim part of our territory and I will dig oil,” he said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping.
He said Xi replied saying “well, we just restored our relationships. I think it’s a new era for us, a new day and if I may beg you not to bring this up forcefully because there will be a time that we will be discussing it.”
“Right, Mr. President, at least during my term I will raise the issue again. Pero nagpipilit ako sabi ko: whatever is in the bowels the Earth is ours over there because that is our territory,” Duterte said.