President Rodrigo Duterte will be flying to Hanoi, Vietnam today, November 8 to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
Duterte is expected to tackle issues such as the Philippines’ claim over the Spratly Island during his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
During the President’s speech at the 67th anniversary of the Philippine Marines Corp., Duterte vowed to be “frank” to the Chinese President regarding the country’s stance and rights over the West Philippine Sea.
“Ang sinabi ko lang naman kay Mr. Xi Jinping, Do not do, we will not give up our claims sa Pag-asa pati ‘yung the nearby islands that we have occupied already. Small islands. Sabi niya na, “We will not.” And with this assurance, he gave to the Foreign Secretary na hindi niya galawin. He will not build something on the Scarborough Shoal,” the President explained.
The President also expressed his confidence that President Jinping will fulfill their side of the promise to refrain from conducting any reclamation in Scarborough Shoal.
“I just hope that you would honor it because it will change the entire geography of the world. And if war starts. I don’t know what would be the next geographical division of Asia,” Duterte added.