By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte said China’s assurance to protect him from ouster was given at the height of the protests by the “yellows,” left-leaning groups, and the Magdalo group.
The President said the assurance from Chinese President Xi Jinping was relayed to him by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua.
“I think it was the Ambassador who told me. It would not be good to oust elected leaders, parang in a free and honest election,” Duterte said in an interview with reporters in Malacañang last Wednesday.
“That was the time when there was this parade ‘yung ‘oust, oust, Duterte.’ We would not want to see someone duly elected na… otherwise, these threats about ‘yung mga yellow pati Magdalo, pati ‘yung… ‘yung mga left nag-join, they were demonstrating almost every day,” he added.
The President recently said Chinese President Xi Jinping has given him assurance that Beijing would not allow him to be removed from office. He said it was a “justified statement” considering he was elected by the people.
“The assurances of Xi Jinping was very encouraging: We will not allow you to be taken out from your office and we will not allow the Philippines to go to the dogs siguro kasi freely elected leader ako. It could be a justified statement,” he said.