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Duterte declares martial rule in southern Philippines

24 May 2017

In March 2017 the Philippine leader allowed the ships of the Navy of Russian Federation and China to freely enter the territorial waters of the country and be moored off the coast, previously informing the Philippine government.

Duterte said last week that Chinese President Xi Jinping had threatened to go to war with the Philippines over the territorial row.

This was partly due to the Philippines' alliance with the United States.

The president's spokesman made the announcement from Moscow, where Duterte is on official visit.

While Duterte will seek more Russian business investment in his country, a key objective of his visit will be signing a defense cooperation agreement expected to provide the Philippines with more weapons to use in the ongoing war against drug traffickers that has become a staple of the Duterte presidency. "Same objective. If they can spare us the precision-guided (bombs). we have so many smart bombs but not as accurate as the ones guided by laser or satellite", he said at a Philippine Coast Guard Auxillary national convention, according to the Philstar.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the invitation on the sidelines of an APEC summit in Peru last November, according to Maria Natividad, Philippines' assistant secretary for foreign affairs.

"My interpretation in the meeting is that there was no bullying or pushing around or it wasn't a threat", Cayetano said. Not one to get cucked into coming to America, Duterte later said he was probably too busy for that shit. He has declined to forcefully demand that Beijing comply with an worldwide arbitration ruling past year that invalidated most of China's territorial claims in the South China Sea on historical grounds. "I said, 'No, I don't need it, '" Duterte said.

Philippine-Russian trade last year totalled just $226 million, according to government data, while Philippine-US trade was worth more than $18 billion last year. We do not want to quarrel with you. We want to maintain the present warm relationship. "We know our problems better than you".

"I understand that and fully understand that and I think we had a previous president who did not understand that", he stated. Xi then reportedly said: "Yes, but ours is historical and yours is legal of recent memory".

Duterte said he replied that "that's too far away" and it is "almost alien to us to hear those words because we were never under Chinese jurisdiction".

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"What I told everyone, do not force my hand into it".

Duterte has launched series of profanity-laced remarks against the U.S. and his other critics like the European Union (EU). "We will fight you".

Duterte agreed, saying "at the end of the day, the last card, the ace, has to be with China".

The court said the Philippines had a sovereign right to access offshore oil and gas fields in its Exclusive Economic Zone. "It's the only way", he said at that time.

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