MANILA, Philippines- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he was prepared to send warships to “stake a claim” in the disputed West Philippine Sea if China should start drilling for oil and taking other resources from the area.
“If we go there file out and to assert our jurisdiction, it will be bloody. It will result in violence that we cannot maybe win,” Duterte said last Monday at a televised briefing admitting that the Philippines will not stand a chance with China.
“I am addressing myself to the Chinese government. We want to remain friends. We want to share whatever it is. I already told you, the Chinese government: I’m not so much interested now in fishing. I don’t think there’s enough fish really to quarrel about,” he said in his regular public address “Talk to the People.”
“But when we start to mine, when we start to get whatever it is in the bowels of