Karen Lema and Manuel Mogato, Reuters
Posted at 12/11/15 4:07 PM
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Gigie Cruz for ABS-CBNnews.com
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.
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.”