Duterte: China to pro­tect me from ouster plot

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By ARGYLL CYRUS B. GEDUCOS

CASIG­U­RAN, Aurora — Pres­i­dent Duterte said that Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping vowed to pro­tect him from any plans to re­move him from of­fice.

Duterte made the state­ment dur­ing the com­mem­mora­tion of the first year an­niver­sary of the re­nam­ing of Ben­ham Rise to Philip­pine Rise to as­sert the Philip­pines’ own­er­ship of the un­der­wa­ter plateau.

“The as­sur­ances of Xi Jin­ping were very en­cour­ag­ing. ‘We will not---,’ eh nandiyan na­man sila (any­way they’re there). ‘We will not al­low you to be taken out of your of­fice, and we will not al­low the Philip­pines to go to the dogs,” Duterte said.

“Sig­uro kasi freely elected leader na­man ako (Any­way, it is prob­a­bly be­cause I’m a freely elected leader), it could be a very jus­ti­fied state­ment,” he added.

Duterte ear­lier claimed that the United States’ Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency (CIA) was plot­ting to oust him – an accusation de­nied by the US.

This was not the first time Duterte said that China will pro­tect the Philip­pines.

In a speech in Davao City early this month, Duterte said that China as­sured that it will pro­tect the Philip­pines from external threats.

PRES­I­DENT RO­DRIGO DUTERTE

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