Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Philippine Minister Starts Damage Control After Duterte's China War Remark

Philippine Minister Starts Damage Control After Duterte's China War Remark

"The conversation was very frank".

"The talks was about how to avoid conflict, how to increase mutual trust and mutual respect", he explained. "It wasn't a threat in the sense that it was more the threat of conflict will always be there if we do not dialogue", Cayetano said in a press conference.

The maverick Duterte has faced criticism at home for refusing to push China to comply with an award a year ago by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, which ruled largely in favor of the Philippines.

Ongpin said his company now owns 20 percent of Forum Energy Ltd., which has a 70 percent stake in the Sampaguita gas field west of the Philippines' Palawan province.

"This extremely troubling development calls for all Filipinos to unite to defend the West Philippine Sea in accordance with the Constitution, worldwide law and UNCLOS", Carpio said.

"I'm disturbed, I'm deeply disturbed with the statement that was told to us by the President when they [Chinese leaders] said they are going to war with us simply because we are going to insist on our claims over the islands, which we have been claiming ever since", Lozada added. "I will tell them that your government continues to work very hard to give you, the country and future you all deserve", he said.

He said that after his return next week from a trip to Russian Federation with Duterte he will explain the context of the two leaders' exchange to lawmakers and a Supreme Court justice, who have urged the Philippines to file a diplomatic protest over the alleged war threats and to ask the United Nations to demand that China comply with the arbitral ruling.

Duterte has also sought closer ties with China to win billions of dollars of Chinese investments and loans, while loosening the Philippines' long-standing alliance with the United States.

When Duterte asked what that was, the Chinese president reportedly said: "We will go to war".

"For those who are peace loving just like me, I don't want trouble", Duterte said.

Rodrigo Duterte arrived Russia on Monday to meet his Russian counterpart and hero, Vladimir Putin.

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Most notably, in 2012, ASEAN leaders failed to issue a joint statement after a summit in Cambodia over these divisions. Anifah added that the framework would be made public once completed.

"We should not allow our country to be bullied and threatened", Drilon said.

"If they can spare us with the precision guided (bombs)".

Unlike in the South China Sea, Beijing has not contested Manila's claim to Benham Rise.

The shift occurred as China has become more assertive in challenging USA might in the region by expanding its presence in the South China Sea, which it claims nearly in its entirety.

He was welcomed by Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khoavaev and Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Vladimirovich Morgulov and given military honors at the Vnukovo Airport.

Since taking office last June, Duterte has lashed out at then-President Barack Obama and his administration for criticizing his war on drugs, which has left thousands of suspected drug offenders dead.

On a state visit to China previous year he announced the Philippines' "separation" from the United States.

TWO Liberal Party senators called Monday on the government to bring before the United Nations China's threat of war against the Philippines. "It's the only way", he said in Beijing. I will thank them for their contributions to nation building.

Rodrigo Duterte's trip to Moscow started on Monday, the Philippine leader will spend five days in Russian Federation.

Philippine-Russian trade a year ago totaled just $226 million, according to government data.

According to Abella, Duterte maintains a two-track approach to the country's relationship with the Asian giant.

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