Duterte on China’s warning against PHL WPS patrols: “Kaya nag-away kami”

Security & Defense

President Rodrigo Duterte said during the tête-à-tête with his Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on September 11 that he had a misunderstanding with China due to Chinese PLA Navy’s challenging of Philippine military assets patrolling West Philippine Sea.

“Mr. President, ‘yung relasyon natin sa Tsina kamakailan eh meron silang mga pahayag na mga medyo hack, ni-ayaw nilang – ‘yung mga eroplano natin lumilipad doon sa – sa kanila,” Panelo said.

Duterte said “kaya nag-away kami. We had a little bit of – hindi naman animosity kasi ‘yung Navy palapit doon eh parang sinasigawan nila, “You Filipinos, you get there you will be causing trouble.” Eh samantalang kaibigan tayo.”


“Eh ‘di pakiusapan. Tutal may claim tayo diyan. They know they are – in the eyes of the world, atin ‘yan, hindi kanila,” he added.

“So the least that we can do since I cannot make a move to remove them forci – forcibly, because I’ll end up in a war, which we will be losing, wala talaga,” he said. “Aya… Nag-a-ano lang ako muna. Kasi kung magsabi kayo, maniwala kayo, intriga ‘yang China – China Sea. O sige ngayon kung magsabi ako, “go tayo.” Mabubuhay kaya kayo?”


“It will result in a slaughter. Pinag-isipan namin ‘yan. Hindi lang ako, ‘yung military sa Cabinet ko. Baka sabihin ninyo akin-akin lang ‘yan,” he said.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, during the September 12 press briefing, said “hindi naman nag-away, kundi umiinit and ulo niya, siguro is a better expression. Uminit ang ulo niya ‘dun sa nabalita na warning na ibinigay ‘dun sa mga piloto natin na lumilipad sa isla na pinagaari natin.”


Sources: https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/20180911-T%C3%AAte-%C3%A0-t%C3%AAte-between-President-Rodrigo-Duterte-and-CPLC-Salvador-Panelo.pdf; https://pcoo.gov.ph/press-briefing/press-briefing-of-presidential-spokesperson-harry-roque-25/