DUTERTE: ‘China won’t allow my ouster’


ONBOARD BRP DAVAO DEL SUR: Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to shield President Rodrigo Duterte from any attempt to remove him from office, the Chief Executive has revealed.

Duterte made the statement on Tuesday as he again touted the Philippines’ and China’s blooming ties under his leadership.

“The assurances of Xi Jinping were very encouraging. ‘We will not—,’ e nandiyan naman sila (anyway they’re there). ‘We will not allow you to be taken out of your office, and we will not allow the Philippines to go to the dogs,” Duterte said in his speech during the commemoration of the first year anniversary of the renaming of Benham Rise to Philippine Rise in the waters off Aurora Province.

“Siguro kasi freely elected leader naman ako (Anyway, it is probably because I’m a freely elected leader), it could be a very justified statement,” he added.

Duterte and Xi met last month at the Boao Forum for Asia in the southern province of Hainan, where they affirmed the relationship between the Philippines and China amid a maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Since Duterte assumed office, he has maintained a non-confrontational approach in dealing with the sea dispute.

‘China won’t allow my ouster’