President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he would readily join a new order with China and Russia, just as he is set to meet other world leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.
"You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I would be the first to join," Duterte said right before leaving for Peru, where the APEC leaders' meeting will be held over the weekend.
He said there used to be a League of Nations and now there exists the United Nations, yet nothing supposedly came out of it.
"There's still war. The killing is endless, the blood is splattering," he said, while also criticizing the dominance of Western powers in international alliances.
"Kaya iyan ang leksyon natin, just because it is America, it does not mean that it is good," he said.
(That's our lesson. Just because it is America, it does not mean that it is good.)
This is reminiscent of Duterte's repeated criticisms of the US and UN officials, who have expressed concern over his bloody war on drugs, and his earlier statement that "there are three of us against the world - China, Philippines and Russia."