‘It’s like two of us own that. That’s better than fighting,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte about China’s offer for joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte likened joint exploration with China in the West Philippine Sea to “co-ownership” in a speech on Wednesday, February 28, in Marawi City.
“Ngayon, offer nila, eh di joint exploration. Eh di parang co-ownership, parang dalawa tayong may-ari niyan, eh di mas maganda ‘yan kaysa away,” he told an audience of Marawi residents and government officials. (They offered joint exploration. So that’s like co-ownership, it’s like two of us own that. That’s better than fighting.)
Duterte hailed China’s joint exploration offer as proof that his foreign relations strategy with them succeeded in bringing benefits to the Philippines.
“Kita mo, eh kung inasar ko noon, pinagpu-putang ina ko sila, wala nangyari,” he said. (See, if I annoyed them before, called them sons of bitches, nothing would have happened.)