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Duterte: If China starts drilling in West Philippine Sea, Philippines will too

Christian Fernsby |
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has warned China that if it drills for oil in disputed waters, he will send navy ships to the West Philippine Sea.

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The Philippines will not allow China to dig for oil and other resources there, Rodrigo Duterte said in a pre-recorded public address on Monday evening.

“I will send my gray ships there to state a claim if you start digging for oil, nickel, precious stones there. That would be the time that we should act on it,” he said.

He added that if China starts drilling for oil, the Philippines would start doing the same.

“Is that part of our agreement? And, if it is not part of our agreement, I want to drill for oil there as well. If you own it, I own it,” he said.

Later in the speech, Duterte softened his tone and suggested stopping quarrels over "fish."

"We want to remain friends. We want to share whatever it is. I am not so much interested now in fishing, I don't think there's so much fish to quarrel about," said the president.

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