President Duterte has declined an offer by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to provide missiles to the Philippines, saying he does not want to see a Third World War.
Speaking at the 49th annual installation of trustees and officers of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao, Duterte revealed the offer last night following Abe’s visit to Davao City on Friday.
“If we start a third world war, that would be the end (of the world),” he said.
“Actually, I told (Prime Minister) Abe, I don’t need missiles,” he said, noting that even leaders of the United States and Russia seem to be coming on good terms.
“If you just see now, Putin is conciliatory and now Trump (is reaching out to the world), “ Duterte said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin and incoming US President Donald Trump.
Japan’s offer came after Russia initiated an offer to provide the Philippines with submarines but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the country couldn’t afford it.
With this, Duterte reiterated his intent to stop the country from having foreign military alliances with any country.
“I want the country free of foreign soldiers. Ayoko… sibat na kayo. (I don’t like it.. they have to go). We are good now, ” he said.
Duterte had earlier said he wanted the last American soldier to pack up and leave as a result of his anger against the US for allegedly meddling in the campaign against illegal drugs.
The President, however, has allowed the defense department to pursue exercises as long as the naval exercise will not be near or within the South China Sea.
Earlier, Japan Foreign Press Secretray Tasuhisa Kawamura said his country is keen on participating in the Balikatan exercises between the US and the Philippines.
That’s why I talked to Abe, I talked to…No military alliances, no nothing.
I do not even want a…I want the country freed of foreign — foreigners soldiers, ayaw ko.
Time for the Philippines so sibat na kayo. We are good enough. We are good now. So hindi ko na kailangan ‘yang mag-patrolya-patrolya.
Let me just talk to my brother Moro and the rest of…Maybe from there on,
somebody should…Wala na ako, maubusan ako ng panahon, eh ‘di
another Filipino should stand up and do the right thing. Huwag na ‘yung kailangan natin, kailangan ng mga sundalo-sundalo.
Actually, sinabi ko kay Abe, hindi ko na kailangan ‘yang mga missile-missile mga muscle because as you would see now,
sometimes it’s Putin, who he is very conciliatory and now Trump is almost also. Disregard or ignoring the reports of the ‘yung hacking is reaching out.
You know if we start a war, a Third World War that will be the end of the world.
Kapag binitawan lahat ‘yang nuclear… Ngayon kung meron tayong — itong si Kim Jong-un, itong buang nasa North Korea, he is the wild card there, not Russia.
Putin is just an ultra, ultra si Putin eh, ultra. But ang g*** diyan itong sa North Korea lang.
Kung mamatay ‘yang buang na ‘yan, okay na tayo. [laughter] And the Philippines would be okay, okay na tayo ngayon.