President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he is not interested in entering into any military alliance with other countries.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) crisis management center, Duterte said the Philippines' military agreement with the United States prohibits it from entering into a military alliance with any other country.
He added that his past meetings with China and Japan were just to make friends with them.
"I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, I have no military alliances with anybody. We have a standing treaty with America. It was signed 1950, RP-US pact. We are not allowed to enter into another alliance because that is a treaty and it says there that is between America and the Philippines, military. You can join any economic circuit there, but not military," Duterte said.
"I am not interested in military alliances. And as I was talking to Mr. Abe of Japan...he had breakfast in my house, I said that, and he said that he has nothing of that sort for us," he added.
Duterte first visited China in October last year. He will be visiting China again in May for the "One Belt, One Road" summit.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the other hand, visited Duterte in his house in Davao City last January.