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Duterte won't allow China to occupy Pag-asa Island

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he would not allow China to seize Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island even as he maintained his stand not to go to war with Beijing to defend the country's interests in the South China Sea.

Pag-asa Island, a 37-hectare island with an airstrip, commercial communications tower, and power generators, is the largest of the Kalayaan Island Group territories claimed by the Philippines and is part of the municipality of Palawan.

"The Pag-asa Island belongs to us. Is that yung base natin? China would never do that, I assure you unless China wants a war with us, eh di ako papayag kung pati yung Pag-asa i-occupy nila," the President told reporters in Puerto Princesa City.

The President also raised the matter during the PDP-Laban campaign rally that followed.

"Let us be friends but do not touch Pag-asa Island otherwise things would be different," Duterte said.

"I will not plead or beg I am just telling you that lay off with Pag-asa because may mga sundalo ako dyan at pag 'yan ang ginalaw ninyo ibang istorya na 'yan," he added.

Duterte, however, clarified that this is "not a warning" but "just a word of advise" to China because it is the country's friend.

Hours before issued the remark, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) came out with a strongly-worded statement slamming the presence of Chinese vessels in waters off Pag-asa Island.

The DFA said the presence of Chinese vessels is illegal and raised questions "about their intent as well as concerns over their role in support of coercive objectives."

About 275 Chinese vessels were spotted near and around Pag-asa, which China calls Zhongye, from January to March this year, according to the Philippine military. China said the vessels are civilian ships, mostly fishing boats.

A senior Philippine diplomat said the diplomatic protest against China’s massive presence in Pag-asa was filed last March 29.

But Duterte said the Chinese "have never harmed or arrested any Filipino."

"I am sure it has something to do with the greater game of geopolitics. And it is not directed to us. And I assure you that if they kill or arrest people there who are Filipinos, then that would be the time that we will have to decide on what to do," he said.

Duterte, criticized for allegedly kowtowing to China even amid the maritime dispute, insisted that he would not provoke the Asian power into war as this would only result in a massacre of government troops.

"Now, kung gusto natin we have two options, we drive them away by force, can we do that? Unless we want to commit suicide," he said.

The President then underscored the importance of "compromise" in managing conflicting claims in the South China Sea.

The Philippines is currently the dialogue coordinator between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on negotiations for a Code of Conduct, which aims to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the resource-rich sea from erupting into violent confrontations or worse, an economically-devastating major conflict.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/duterte-wont-allow-china-to-occupy-pag-asa-island/ar-BBVCDXa?ocid=spartandhp#image=1

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Ozepete

Gather your sticks and stones Pinoy peoples, we may have to fight China. :baseballbat::baseballbat::baseballbat:

But most likely not, because those strong words will no doubt frighten those dastardly little buggers off, have them shaking in their boots!  :P

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lamoe

No fiddle of gold this time.

 

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raytech

Get the RPC'S (Rocket powered coconuts) ready we must defeat the evil Chinese.:lmao:

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cogon88

Won't be long until we have 5G 

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TimL

He’s not wrong. It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes. 

“Now, kung gusto natin we have two options, we drive them away by force, can we do that? Unless we want to commit suicide," he said.

 The President then underscored the importance of "compromise" in managing conflicting claims in the South China Sea.”

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Dafey
2 hours ago, TimL said:

The President then underscored the importance of "compromise" in managing conflicting claims in the South China Sea.”

Well, let's see which way the wind blows tomorrow and 'Waffle' Man may have a new policy.

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Salty Dog

How did the Philippines get the Islands in the first place...

They're a long way off shore of mainland Philippines. if you can say the Philippines actually has a mainland.

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Jack Rat
1 hour ago, TimL said:

And on fake news cnn this morning I see:

Duterte threatens 'suicide mission' if Beijing oversteps in South China Sea :lol:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/05/asia/south-china-sea-duterte-beijing-intl/index.html

Who in their right mind would believe a word CNN trolls say anyway, they lost their credibility many years ago.

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TimL

Hmmmm... maybe he did say that in another interview.

"I will not plead or beg, but I am just telling you that lay off the Pag-asa because I have soldiers there," Duterte said in speech to prosecutors.

"If you touch it, that's another story. Then I will tell my soldiers 'prepare for suicide missions'", he added.

https://ph.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-warns-china-back-off-disputed-island-014329804.html

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RogerDuMond

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