Last Sunday night Pres. Duterte said that he will raise his grievances to China in due time, atop on the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal drug trade in the country.
“When I come face to face with them, makinig kayo, sabihin ko talaga ang sama ng loob ko lahat sa kanila,” Duterte said during a fellowship with his batch mates from San Beda Law in Malacañang.
Duterte said he would exercise restraint in the meantime, but would confront China once "bigger" issues are settled.
"They were directing the traffic sa loob. Mayroon akong alam pero ‘wag muna. Tatapusin ko muna ‘to. Nasa presyuhan na sila. They’re cooking shabu, on-board sa ships. Tapos Chinese registry. At the proper time, ‘wag muna ngayon because let’s just say— bigger issue about… But magpakita ako ng restraint muna ngayon," he said, without expanding.
An alleged floating shabu laboratory was captured last Monday night by the police in waters off Subic, where four Hong Kong nationals were arrested.
Duterte did not say if the "bigger issue" he was referring to was the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Philippines case against China.
In his first week as president, Duterte tagged three big-time Chinese-Filipino drug lords in the country.
He had also tagged five active and retired police officials allegedly linked in the illegal drug trade.
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