China, Japan to aid Philippines in education, agri

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PRESIDENT-ELECT Rodrigo Duterte bared on Thursday night that China and Japan signified to provide aid to the Philippines in education and agriculture.

At the sidelines of a late night press conference June 3 at the Presidential guesthouse inside the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Davao in Panacan, Davao City, Duterte told reporters that his dialogue with the Japanese and Chinese governments yielded fruits.

“I had the word of China and Japan, their aids will be more on education and improvement of our agricultural practices,” he said.

When asked if there will be assistance from them (Japan and China) for the defense, he responded none.

“No, I am not interested with the defense. Actually, there would never be a time that I will allow our country to go to war,” he added.

Duterte reiterated on Thursday that he would not raise his hands up over the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea dispute.

“There will never be an instance that we will surrender our right over Scarborough Shoal,” Duterte said.

He already held talks with China’s ambassador Zhang Jianhua but added that he did not discuss the issue to the ambassador as the Philippines is anticipating a decision from a tribunal in The Hague.

“That is not a territorial issue but an issue about being obstructed or impeded because of the constructions there and we cannot exercise freely the rights under Unclos of the 200-mile economic zone that is exclusive to us.” He added.

He stood firm that he would pursue multilateral talks to resolve peacefully the sovereignty issues.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 04, 2016.

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