President Rodrigo Duterte will not allow himself to be dictated on issues regarding human rights and the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea by United States of America President Donald Trump and other country leaders that will be attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit.
According to Duterte, he will not allow others to instruct him on how the Philippines should respond to some issues. However, he will be willing to listen to the views of the leaders of China, and America.
“The Philippines is not beholden to anyone. The Philippines is a sovereign state. I will not allow anybody to impose anything on my country.” Duterte said. “I will listen to you. But if it is not the best interest for my country, I will ignore you.”
Duterte revealed that he plans to discuss trade, terrorism, and the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea with Trump.
“Number is always trade because that is the very life of nations. Then we will discuss extremism, terrorism. And third, maybe sa bilateral, they might want to ask a very definitive position of the Philippines vis-à-vis with China.” Duterte further added. “And to all of these things, I would just say that we all hunger for peace.”