Duterte cracks joke about China making PH a province


Duterte cracks joke about China making PH a province

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has joked about making the Philippines a province of China. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, who was at the same event of Filipino Chinese businessmen where Duterte talked, took the President’s joke as a manifestation of wanting to have closer ties between the two countries. Duterte is also unfazed by China’s naming of undersea features in the Philippine Rise, formerly Benham Rise, saying they are merely using their language in doing their research. The President also reiterated that the Philippines has sovereign rights over the area and will not allow foreign expedition in the meantime. Duterte also asserted the Philippines’ sovereign rights over its claims in the South China Sea.    Duterte said he was ready to put his life, honor, and the presidency on the line in order to defend the country’s claims in what the Philippines now calls the West Philippine Sea.    “I’ve stated it in black and blue. It has been the claim of the Republic of the Philippines na atin ‘yan… which we call before the China Sea, now the West Philippine Sea,” Duterte said.    Duterte, however, maintained that going to war with China would never be an option.“In front of the Ambassador, I’d tell you, we will insist but what would be the components of our demands and our insistence, well, we can only be diplomatic,” Duterte said.    “We can only be talking on friendly and civilized terms. We cannot go there, ride in our whatever, Navy, the gray ships, the Coast Guard and start waving our rifles. We cannot do that today. It is unrealistic,” he added.    Duterte joked that China should make the Philippines one of its provinces.“Gusto ninyo gawain niyo na lang kaming province, Fujian, Philippine province of China. Eh di wala tayong problema. Libre na lahat,” he said, drawing laughter from the crowd.    “Province of the Philippines, Republic of China. …
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