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Duterte doesn’t intend to cancel military alliances but…

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After repeatedly asserting that the Philippines might eventually break up with the United States during his term, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he did not mean to abolish military alliances but he would go for deals that would strengthen the Philippines' health and education.

But in a speech delivered during the oath taking of his new appointees as well as the officers of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) in Malacañang, Duterte suggested that military alliances would no longer matter when an actual war erupts.

“I do not mean to cancel or abrogate the military alliances. But tanungin ko kayo, do you really think we need it? If there is a war, magkaupakan, do you think we really need America? And do you think we need China and Russia for that matter? Or do we need somebody?” the President asked.

Duterte then joked that a last confession with a priest would the only thing the Philippines need in case of a war.

“Kapag nabirahan ang lahat at nabitawan ang ICBMs [intercontinental ballistic missiles] pati iyong mga [Boeing P-8] Poseidon, lahat na, there will no longer be American aid to talk of. There will no more be a country strong enough to rule. Hindi eh. Kapag nagdating iyan, wala tayong kailangan kundi ang pari, kung gusto mo lang mag-ultimo adios,” the President said.

“You really think? Is there such as a thing as a Third World War?” he then asked.

The President then hinted that he would like to enter into deals that would benefit the education and health sectors.

"So let us go for alliances that would contribute to the health, to the education—kung aabot pa tayo ng—if there is a world waiting for our children," he said before explaining anew the depth and consequences of the drug problem in the Philippines.

In his speech, Duterte also mentioned once again China's offer to build a drug rehabilitation center, which had been nearing completion in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

He added that he would go to Russia following a bilateral talk with its Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos early in September. But, the President slammed the war games with the United States again, saying that the Philippine military got nothing out of them.

Nonetheless, Duterte warned of the arrogance of the US, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Alam mo, bantay sila itong arrogance ng America, Xi Jinping, lalo na si Putin. Huwag kayong—talagang—huwag tayong magkamali diyan. Talagang hihirit. Kita mo, kapag ginusto niya [Putin], kunin talaga niya. He wanted Crimea. He just went there and occupied it. Ang Amerika, walang nagawa,” he said.  — RSJ, GMA News

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:03 )