MANILA – As the war between Ukraine and Russia escalate, President Rodrigo Duterte warned that China might attack the Philippines due to the presence of United States troops in the Philippines.
Duterte later asked Filipinos to pray that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine will not lead to a nuclear war.
“May ibang Pilipino magsabi that I am too tame, ano ba gusto ninyo gyerahin natin ‘to? Mapupulbos tayong lahat,” Duterte said in his speech at the inauguration of the new Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
“And even this ruckus in Ukraine magdasal lang tayo na it will not generate into something like a nuclear warfare tapos tayo, tapos tayong lahat,” he added.
“Kung lumaki ang gera between Russia and Ukraine, pag sumabog ito, naging nuclear, medyo delikado na tayo, ‘Pag nagputok ang isang, alam mo tatamaan talaga tayo,” Duterte said during a campaign rally of PDP-Laban.
“Bakit ako nakipagkaibigan, tutal ang Amerika nandito na rin, kung may gera tatamaan talaga tayo because nandito ang Amerikano at marami silang armas dito,” he added.
“Kung magka-leche leche ito, pag sumali ang China, they would probably hit Taiwan and the Philippines, sigurado yan. Sigurado ako kasi nandito nga sila, eh kung yung World War II walang Amerikano rito eh di walang rason ang mga Hapon na magpunta rito,” Duterte also said.
At a campaign rally of the PDP-Laban, Duterte said he had been telling Chinese President Xi Jinping that the Philippines and China had no quarrel.
He added, “Hindi kasi panahon ng tapang-tapangan ngayon, kasi pag tapang-tapangan ka, ang masalubong mo bomba, wala tayo nyan. Ang ating armaments good only for the insurgency problem, in keeping the integrity of the Filipino land, wala tayong panlabas.”
Duterte earlier warned of a Chinese “invasion” should Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to use nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict.
Duterte said he had no choice but to allow the “unrestricted” presence of the Philippines’ treaty ally US in the country.