PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte warned China on Wednesday, Aug. 24, that the Philippines may engage in a "bloody" war, should the diplomatic dialogue over the South China Sea disputes turn unsuccessful.
While he acknowledged China's "reconciliatory" approach with the Philippines, the President is not discounting the possibility that conflict will arise when the bilateral talks between the country's special envoy, former President Fidel Ramos, and Chinese officials officially begin.
"We better come up with what they really want. Because whether we like it or not, that arbitral judgment would be insisted not only by the Philippines but by the whole countries here in the Southeast Asia," Duterte told about 300 soldiers at Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal.
"I hope China is dealing with us in good faith. They seem to be reconciliatory," he added.
He said that he will not allow China to enter the Philippine territory, which might harm the Filipino people.
The President stressed that he would prepare the military troops for possible confrontations with Chinese forces to ensure that the Philippines will be free from harm.
"But I'm afraid that if we do not understand each other... we have to do something. What way can we best defend our country," the President said.
"If you (China) enter here [in the Philippine territory], it will be bloody and we will not give it to them easily. It will be the bones of our soldiers, you can also include mine."
Despite the international court's decision, China maintains that it has "indisputable" sovereign rights over the strategic waterway. (Sunnex)