Palace: DND, DFA to handle Duterte plan for China, Russia war games
MANILA — Malacañang has left it to the Department of National Defense and Department of Foreign Affairs to sort out President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to hold war games with China and Russia.
“If the President is interested and the official diplomatic communications will push through, then I guess the DFA would be the right department to comment on that and of course, the Department of National Defense,” said Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag in a briefing on Tuesday.
Mr. Duterte said in a television interview that he has been seriously considering holding military drills with China and Russia. “Yes, I will. I have given enough time for the Americans to play with the Filipino
soldiers,” said Mr. Duterte.
He reiterated his previous declarations that the recent war games with the United States would be the last under his term. SFM
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