PALACE: DU30’S RE­MARKS ON XI PLEDGE TAKEN OUT OF CON­TEXT

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - —CHRISTINE O. AVENDAÑO

Pres­i­dent Duterte was only say­ing he could rely on Asian al­lies when he said dur­ing a speech on Tues­day that Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping would not al­low his ouster from of­fice.

Pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Harry Roque said on Wed­nes­day that Mr. Duterte’s re­marks were taken out of con­text.

“The Pres­i­dent was just ex­press­ing his opin­ion,” Roque said in an in­ter­view with re­porters, as he stated that there was ac­tu­ally no threat from Mr. Duterte’s ene­mies to oust him.

In a speech aboard a Philip­pine Navy ves­sel on Tues­day, the Pres­i­dent said: “The as­sur­ances of Xi are 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.’”

Crit­ics re­acted by say­ing Mr. Duterte should depend on the Filipino peo­ple, not on China, for his sur­vival in of­fice.

But Roque said Mr. Duterte was aware of his strong sup­port from Filipinos.

“So the con­text [of his state­ment] per­haps was that if there will be any at­tempt to oust him from his po­si­tion, he can rely on his al­lies in Asia to help him,” Roque said.

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