Duterte: Filipinos may soon be back at Panatag
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he discussed Scarborough Shoal with Chinese leaders during his four-day trip to Beijing last week, and expressed hope that Filipino fishermen would be able to return to the disputed fishing ground in the West Philippine Sea in the next few days.
In back-to-back speeches in typhoon-hit Cagayan and Isabela provinces, Mr. Duterte said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping had cordial discussions about the maritime dispute and agreed to further talks, although they both stood their ground on each other’s sovereign rights to the waters.
“We did not talk about arms, we did not talk about war. We talked about how to help each other,” Mr. Duterte said in his speech in Cagayan.
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