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Duterte says China promised not to build structures on Panatag Shoal

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By Genalyn D. Kabiling

The Philippines and China have apparently agreed to put friendship ahead of its territorial spat for now.

President Rodrigo Duterte has placed his trust in China to honor its word not to build any structures on Panatag Shoal to avoid jeopardizing the friendship between the two countries.

President Duterte speaks during his departure ceremony before a visit to Myanmar at Davao city international airport, in Davao, Philippines, 19 March 2017. (EPA/CERILO EBRANO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Duterte speaks during his departure ceremony before a visit to Myanmar at Davao city international airport, in Davao, Philippines, 19 March 2017.
(EPA/CERILO EBRANO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President said he recently obtained the assurance from the Chinese government on the matter and believed it has “word of honor.”

“I was informed that they are not going to build anything sa Panatag. Out of respect for our friendship they will stop it. Hindi nila gagalawin ‘yan. Sabi ng China, ‘Huwag kayong mag-alaala, magkaibigan tayo,’” Duterte said in a press conference upon arrival in Manila from his two-nation swing in Asia.

“That was the assurance given by the Chinese government. They are not going to build anything sa Panatag, because they want our friendship. They [won’t] do anything to place it in jeopardy,” he said.

Duterte declined to reveal the source of the information but believed that China will keep its word. “China has a word of honor… But know about China kung anong sabihin niya, in good stead, talagang ginagawa niya,” he said.

The President earlier caused a diplomatic stir when he declared he could not stop China from building on Scarborough Shoal also known as Panatag Shoal due to its military might.

China media reports earlier said preparatory work for a monitoring station at Scarborough Shoal will begin this year. However, the Chinese foreign ministry dismissed the reports as “not true,” saying it value its relations with the Philippines.

The President, meantime, has allowed China to pass through local waters as part of its right to innocent passage.

Duterte, however, asked China to inform the Philippines about its passage ahead of time and not to harass Filipino coast guard ships patrolling the area.

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  • freedash22

    Duterte, please listen. China cannot be trusted.

  • china + promise = oxymoron

  • James O Sullivan

    Did he ever try get a refund from a chinese store? Anyone who has ever tried will know what I am talking about. There is NO SUCH THING as a chinese warranty.

  • Psycho duterte says china promised not to build

  • Civil_Rights

    Do you believe in Chinese promises and DuDirty dirty tricks of public disclosure? He earlier promised to water ski in occupied island once he become president but unclear of main intent which turn out to be skiing with corrupt Chinese leader XIN JIN-PIG not only in the occupied island but other islands in the region where China is interested. China has already taken one of PH territory and promises is not a guarantee specially when DuDirty personal ideology and agenda is gird towards communism.

  • Diana Lanuza

    It just solidify the image that Filipinos in general are Hypocrites just like their President Duterte