President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines will not cut ties with the countries it is presently in alliance with, but will not allow the Philippines to participate in any international conflict that might end up in war.
“We are not going to cut our umbilical cord with the countries that we are allied now, the President said in his speech during the 48thAnniversary of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing (PAW) at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Tuesday.
“In the coming decades, there would no longer be a worry about a world war. Kasi po, if you dwell on another third world war, that is effectively ending the planet earth or it would no longer be a very habitable place to live, should you unleash all your nuclear bombs,” he said.
“So, it could only be a result of a grave and serious miscalculation. That’s the problem always. It’s miscalculation. But I see in the horizon the dark clouds of terrorism,” he added.
However, the President said he would not allow the country to get involved in any hostile act of war nor even in patrolling some other territory. “I do not to want my country to be involved in hostile act,” he said.
For now, he said, “hangang diyan lang tayo. We do not go into a patrol or join any other army sana because I do not want trouble,” he said.
Aside from avoiding war with another country, he again reiterated his stand for peace inside the country. “I am a President and my job is to seek the peace of the land.”
His stance on sitting down and talking about peace with communist rebels and the Moro rebels is aimed at achieving peace among the Filipinos. “We cannot be forever fighting Filipinos. We cannot be forever killing our own citizens,” President Duterte said. (PNA)