Palace: Duterte consistent PH won’t give up an inch of territory
Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte had always been consistent in his dealings with China after the Chief Executive warned of trouble if Beijing unilaterally exploited resources in the South China Sea.
Besides, the President has not changed his position. He has been consistent that he will not give away an inch of Philippine territory,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters.
In a speech in Cebu City on Wednesday, Mr. Duterte warned China against drilling for oil and other resources in the disputed sea.
“That’s where we’re going to have differences. That’s where you’ll see [Interior Secretary Eduardo] Año bring a machete there and cut down the Chinese,” he said.
Meanwhile, China asserts nearly the whole South China Sea, including regions inside the Philippines’ 370-kilometer restrictive financial zone.
In a press instructions on Thursday, Roque said the President just cautioned China against abusing assets singularly.
Hence, Mr Duterte has said he would not provoke China, whose pioneer, President Xi Jinping, he depicted as “a great companion.”
All things considered, Roque said the Duterte organization would not surrender an area in the debated ocean.
“We won’t surrender an area however we will now proceed onward to regions that we can concur upon,” he said.