Hostages taken at church in southern Philippines

Hostages taken at church in southern Philippines

In a speech last Friday, Duterte said Xi had threatened to go to war with the Philippines after Duterte expressed an intention to drill for oil in the disputed South China Sea.

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said their meeting was frank and friendly, and the discussion was largely about preventing conflict, not threatening it.

In fact, Duterte said, in the presence of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, he reminded Xi about the ruling of the Arbitral Court which favored the Philippines in the case filed by the Aquino government against China's nine-dashed line map ang artificial islands in the Spratlys.

"My interpretation of the meeting is that there was no bullying or pushing around, or it wasn't a threat in the sense of 'Philippines, if you don't do this then we will... or China if you don't do this we will...' it was more that the threat of conflict will always be there if we do not dialogue", he said.

"We consider this visit as a landmark that will send a strong message of the Philippines' commitment to seek new partnerships and strengthen relations with non-traditional partners", she said.

Since 2016 when Rodrigo Duterte came to power, he began to accuse the U.S. of hypocrisy and bullying.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday made it clear that Manila does not have the cruise missile to hit China, and therefore, is focused on developing cooperation with China, ASEAN and Russian Federation.

Since taking power previous year, Duterte has sought to improve ties with China that deteriorated under predecessor Benigno Aquino. He has also accused the Western power of bullying, as he told Mr. Putin during their first meeting in Peru.

Duterte didn't say when and where the conversation took place.

"ISIS occupied a few provinces in the Philippines there is fighting going on and I have to go home and I should be there tonight It's an urgent matter", the Philippine leader told Putin in Kremlin Tuesday night (early Wednesday morning, Philippine time).

Since assuming the presidency Duterte has sought to build strong alliances with China and Russian Federation while moving away from the United States, the Philippines' former colonial ruler and most important military ally.

"This extremely troubling development calls for all Filipinos to unite to defend the West Philippine Sea in accordance with the Constitution, worldwide law and UNCLOS", Carpio said. In an interview with Moscow-based TV network Russia Today, President Duterte said that though he has nothing against the US, the Philippines needs a foreign policy that is independent of American interests: "I have nothing against America, [US President Donald] Trump is my friend".

Philippine-Russian trade previous year totaled just $226 million, according to government data. I will thank them for their contributions to nation building.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared martial law in the south because of the militants' siege on the city.

Duterte visiting Moscow will be a "propaganda victory for Putin and a soft-power coup for Russian Federation", said Richard Javad Heydarian, a foreign policy analyst in Manila.

The Maute group is one of less than a dozen new armed Muslim groups that have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and formed a loose alliance in the southern Philippines in recent years.

China was willing to work with the Philippines to handle disputes peacefully, she told reporters.

"It will be their way of poking the eye of America".

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