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Duterte Talks Tough on Terrorism, But Not on China Dispute

Karen Lema and Manuel Mogato, Reuters
Posted at 12/11/15 4:07 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Gigie Cruz for
MANILA – The Philippines faces a growing risk of a Paris-style attack by foreign militants, the top contender to win elections next year has warned, but there is no threat of “World War Three” with China over a bitter South China Sea territorial dispute.

Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor of Davao City in the insurgency-plagued south, has built a reputation for fighting crime. He told Reuters two new army divisions would be formed to tackle security threats if he replaces President Benigno Aquino in the election in May.
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Duterte: We’re Better Off Making Friends with China

Published on Oct 28, 2015

“We’re better off making friends with China. America is also the best friend of China. We will adopt a neutral policy there. Then … because the new trade agreement sa Pacific Rim, we were not included. So we’re better off with Asia.”