Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed on Saturday that he decline a missile being offered by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying he does not want to see a Third World War.
In a speech 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 of Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Davao City last Friday.
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.
Duterte said, “If we start a third world war, that would be the end (of the world).”
“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.
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.
The President, in any case, has permitted the defense department to seek exercises with other foreign forces as long as the naval exercise won’t be close or inside the South China Sea. -JCE.