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‘Never wrong’ to admit PH owes debt of gratitude to China

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 10:18 PM May 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — It is “never wrong” to admit that the Philippines owes a debt of gratitude to China, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday, stressing that accepting vaccines from Beijing does not mean disregarding the country’s claims to the West Philippine Sea.

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“It is never, never wrong to say that I owe you a debt of gratitude. Totoo e. Binigyan tayo, tinanggap natin ginamit natin,” Duterte said in a pre-recorded speech.

“But it does not mean na tanggapin ko yung bakuna tapos sabihin ko kalimutan ko na yung claim dyan sa West Philippine Sea,” he added.

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Duterte was referring to his previous statement that Filipinos owed a debt of gratitude to China for the vaccines it donated to the country.

READ: PH won’t go to war with ‘good friend’ China, says Duterte 

“There will be no compromise, alam ng China yan. Gagamitin ko pa rin [ang bakuna]. Hindi ito ang kabayaran, this is Philippine national interest,” Duterte said.

The President even recalled his conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ask for his help in getting COVID-19 vaccines.

“Sabi nya (Xi) ‘I will help you.’ Hindi nya sinabi kalimutan mo ang Scarborough Shoal,” Duterte said.

In June last year, Duterte and Xi had a phone conversation to discuss the two governments’ cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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