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    China plans to build bases on Scarborough Shoal; Duterte will raise arbitration win

    By Web Dev Published: March 20, 2017

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the crowd during a news conference prior to boarding his flight for a three-day official visit to Japan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Duterte lashed out anew at the United States following Monday's interview with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel who said that Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about the government's intentions have sparked consternation in the U.S. and other governments and in the corporate world. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Before flying to Myanmar, President Rodrigo Duterte gave a statement about the alleged plans of China regarding Scarborough Shoal.

    The President said, “We cannot stop China from doing his thing, the Americans were not able to stop it. Sir, what will I do? Declare a war against China? I can, but we’ll all lose our military and policemen tomorrow, and we are a destroyed nation.”

    It could be remembered that Duterte had refused to raise the landmark ruling last July, believing that bilateral talks will mend the severed relations between the country and China.

    “Kung ang China magkuha na sila ng mga oil, o uranium or whatever that’s inside the bowels of the sea, kalabitin ko sila, ‘Ako man rin ang may-ari niyan. You claim it by historical right; by judgment, I won and it’s mine,'” he said in a speech before the Filipino community in Myanmar yesterday.

    China had no historical rights to the resource-rich waters. Beijing refuses to recognize the ruling, The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said.

    “Pumunta ako ng China. I said, ‘I come here in peace. I do not intend to impose the arbitral ruling on the China West Philippine Sea.’ But I would like to tell you now that during my term, there will be a time where I have to confront you about this paper, the arbitral. It will not go beyond the four corners of this document,” Duterte said in Yangon Sunday.

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