President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday (March 19) downplayed China’s plan to construct a radar station on Scarborough Shoal, saying it has nothing to do with the nation’s unique financial zone (EEZ).

In a briefing with Filipino reporters in Myanmar, Duterte reiterated his stand that he’ll solely convey up the ruling of a world tribunal on the South China Sea when China begins extracting pure sources discovered within the disputed waters.

“Entitlements lang naman, hindi naman teritoryo. Eh ang teritoryo, it is not within — I said repeatedly it is not within our territorial waters,” he stated.

Duterte stated the Philippine authorities is exerting efforts so the nation may have its personal entitlements.

“Ang nakuha lang diyan is the economic zone but ‘yung structures na ‘yan has nothing to do with the economic zone,” he stated.

China stated its radar station will likely be constructed for environmental causes. However, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has warned that Beijing could use the construction to implement an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and seize 80 % of the EEZ.

Before flying to Myanmar, Duterte stated the Philippines can not cease China from constructing buildings within the South China Sea.

He repeated his assertion to Filipino reporters in Myanmar.

“Hindi nga natin mapigilan kasi hindi natin kaya ang China. Hindi nga mapigilan ng Amerikano. In the first place, pag umpisa pa lang niyan, hindi na pumunta ang Amerikano, natakot na,” he stated.

Duterte stated the nation shouldn’t be ready to declare struggle as a result of the nation’s army would possibly is not any match to China’s.

He, nonetheless, stated it’s excessive time there’s a Code of Conduct for China and the ASEAN in mild of what’s Beijing is doing within the South China Sea.