President Rodrigo Duterte opposed the United States to let the Philippines fight against China over the South China Sea dispute because he has been slamming the United States for attempting to provoke him to provoke China in maritime territorial disputes.
"We can never win a war against China. That is our problem. I hope that China will not do too much, and because the United States has been igniting behind us, swearing at us.
We were cursed because "I did stupid things", what do you think of Filipinos?
“Duterte said at the inauguration ceremony of the Chen Yi Agventures rice processing plant in Alang-Alang, Wright province.
"Now I said, drive your aircraft carrier to China, start the first shot, and then we are back. Yes, we are against doing that, really, the United States." Duterte said.
"They said that there is also a Philippine agreement. Well, let the United States declare war, let them assemble all their armaments in the South China Sea, and start the first shot. I am very happy to be good," the president continued.
"We do have a Filipino agreement, let us abide by the agreement, but do you want to find trouble? Well, let us have nothing to look for."
Although the public is demanding the maintenance of the Philippine victory in the United Nations arbitration against China, Duterte still insists that this move may lead to a devastating war with the country's Asian neighbors.
However, he blamed the United States for allowing China to build and militarize in controversial waters.
The United States knows this. They have the Seventh Fleet. Why don’t they go to the Nansha Islands and say, “Chinese people, you should not build artificial islands on the high seas. This is prohibited by international law. You are exclusive to our friends in the Philippines. Facts such as construction in the economic zone," Duterte said.
xx"They don't care, it's almost like this now. The guns are already on the shelves and the missiles are exactly ready. They let us implement our fisheries laws and protect the environment there," he said.xx