Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City
December 14, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte graced the thanksgiving and birthday celebration of Taguig City Mayor Laarni ‘Lani’ Cayetano at the Marquis Events Place in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City.

In his message, the President expressed his sincere blessings to the Taguig City Mayor and greeted the rest of her invited guests a Merry Christmas. He also addressed several pressing issues in his speech, including the crisis in the Korean Peninsula and the nuclear war threat.

According to President Duterte, the solution for ending the budding crisis in the Korean Peninsula solely rests in the hands of China. “The only country that can really prevent this from happening is not America, is not the Asian countries… ASEAN, it is all China, your Excellencies,” he said.

Adding that China is currently the greatest country on the matter of influence in preventing the war, “It behooves upon China to prevent this war, because it will cost us everything including China,” President Duterte stated.

Furthermore, the Commander-in-Chief said that he would call the Philippine military and police force for an urgent meeting and conference to discuss the country’s preparedness in an event of a nuclear war.

Speaking directly to Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua, who is also present during the occasion, “China must really prevent it at all costs or otherwise, your country will be drawn into the vortex for the violent explosions and nobody wins… we all lose. We would be happy to see China really doing the impossible dream in keeping the peace,” he said.

The President also tackled several issues, including the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao, of which he thanked the Congress for its approval.

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