Duterte thanks China for aid, says US can do better

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Posted at Sep 09 2016 07:14 PM | Updated as of Sep 10 2016 12:27 AM

'America just gives you principles of law and nothing else' 

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to members of the Filipino community in Jakarta, Indonesia. Darren Whiteside, Reuters

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday thanked China for its generosity in assisting his administration's war against drugs, and said the US government can do better in assisting the Philippines. 

"I would like to thank China for being so generous to us," Duterte said in a speech during a gathering with Filipinos in Indonesia. 

According to Duterte, China is one of the countries helping the Philippines build rehabilitation centers for drug addicts. 

"Only China ang magtulong sa atin. Ang America, they just gave you principles of law and nothing else," he said, following an international spat over the US government's call urging the Duterte administration to respect human rights in its war against illegal drugs.

("Only China will help us. America just gave principles of law and nothing else.")

Duterte also mentioned that there are “only two options” when it comes to the country’s relations with China.

"There are only two options there. We talk or we fight. For the Philippines to fight China, it will be slaughter, so we talk. We cannot match [them]," he said.

NO MISSILES, BULLETS

He also thanked America for its generosity in aiding the Philippines' efforts to defend its borders, but implied that it could do better.

"We are the recipients of so many things from America. Thank you for your generosity. But they sold us only two FA-50s. But they never gave us the missiles and the bullets and the cannons to fire from those planes," he said.

The Philippines bought the FA-50s from South Korea's Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI), which bagged the country's defense contract for a squadron of this type of fighter aircraft -- and not from the United States.

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Earlier in his speech, he detailed the Philippines' mixed history with the US, where countless lives were lost in the Western superpower’s bid to put its new colony to heel.

To quell US criticisms against his administration’s alleged condoning of summary executions in the war against drugs, Duterte said that he showed US President Barack Obama photos of Moros allegedly killed by American soldiers at the turn of the century.

"Kahapon, sa interaction sa ASEAN, nandoon na lahat, round table kami (We were at an ASEAN round table). This is [a violation of] human rights. What do you intend to do? Do not tell me that is water under the bridge," he said.

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The Philippines is currently embroiled in a maritime dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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The Philippines and the US, meanwhile, go all the way back to the late 1800s, when it became an American colony after being given up by Spain.