QUEZON CITY, Philippines (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte said that the government of the People’s Republic of China would not object to the Philippine government going after Chinese nationals involved in illegal drug syndicates in the Philippines.
According to President Duterte, this assurance was relayed by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during a meeting in Malacañang Palace on March 7, 2017.
President Duterte said that the Chinese ambassador assured him of the good relationship between the Philippines and China, and that China was supporting the Philippine government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
If there are Chinese nationals involved in illegal drug syndicates, the Philippines is free to go after them, he said, recalling what the Chinese ambassador had told him.
“Eh sabi ko nga sa — kay Ambassador, ‘You know, Ambassador, we’re great friends, we respect each other. Mutual ano ito. And… But I will just… I must tell there are a lot of Chinese doing business sa drugs,’” the President said.
“Sabi niya, ‘Bahala ka. Maski anong gawin mo diyan (He said, ‘That’s up to you. You can do anything you want). Then he issued a warning to the Chinese residents here that they cannot expect help from their government if they are into this kind of… Eh ‘di okay, magkaintindihan tayo. (So we have an understanding)” he added.