By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte said China has helped lighten the Philippine economy and trade, and has promised to help with more government projects.
“Would you believe it, and you can check it, dublado na lahat ang ating trade sa kanila. Pineapple, mango,” Duterte said during the 10th Philippine Councilors League (PCL) National Congress at the World Trade Center on Wednesday, March 8.
He added that according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, China has expressed willingness to buy everything that the country can sell.
“Sabi nga, ‘Avocado, bilhin namin. Ano pa ang gusto niyong bilhin namin kasi kailangan namin yan,'” he said.
Duterte added that the aid given to the country by China has also amounted to $10 billion. China also gave $100 million for the Surigao quake victims.
“Kita mo kung magbigay ng aid? Dollars hindi pesos,” he said.
Duterte then expressed gratitude towards the government of China for the help the country has been giving despite the issue on the disputed waters.
“Kaya ganoon na lang ang pasasalamat ko [sa China], and they have really lightened up the economic life of our country,” he added.
“So let me publicly, again, thank President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people for loving us and giving us enough leeway to survive the rigors of economic life in this planet,” he added.