MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said China must help his administration in its war against drugs.
Speaking after an inspection of a shabu laboratory in Arayat, Pampanga, Duterte noted that majority of the perpetrators in the illegal drug trade in the Philippines are Chinese nationals.
“I’m bringing this to their attention…We want them to control their people and increase their focus on the criminals. Kaibigan man kaya tayo [We are friends, after all.]” he said.
“Bakit ganoon, if you consider me your friend, you want to help us, but most of the materials, the machines and boilers, are from China," Duterte lamented.
Duterte has been seeking to reinvigorate Philippines’ ties with China, even as he risks alienating the country’s traditional ally, the United States.
Duterte has alarmed Western government and institutions for his incendiary rhetoric and bloody war on drugs.
Irked by what he believes is the US and other Western government’s intervention on Philippine domestic affairs, Duterte has sought to open new alliances with China and Russia, two countries with which the US has clashed with at the international arena.
In July, China, which also imposes tough sanctions on drug convicts, expressed support for Duterte’s primary campaign.