President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines was “a lot of trouble” as he called on the United States to solve the crisis in the South China Sea.
“It is a lot of problems and a lot more work, but I think it is very important that we solve it, but it is a good idea,” he said on Thursday during a visit to the city of Davao.
Duterte’s comments come after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United Nations was ready to help with the crisis, but that the United Kingdom was not ready.
Kerry also reiterated that the Philippines had been ordered to withdraw its ships from the disputed waters by the United Nation Security Council.
The Philippines said on Tuesday it would deploy its military to the disputed South China and South China Seas.
The U.N. Security Council has been discussing a move that would be seen as a major challenge to China, which has repeatedly warned that it would use force if the United Nats failed to take action.
Davao, which is home to about 8.5 million people, is also a key military base for China, where China has built artificial islands in the disputed sea and has repeatedly said it is ready to use force to defend itself if China moves to assert its claims.
Ns. statement comes after U,S.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.NS. did not have a response to Duterte’s comments, adding that Washington had not received any response from the Philippines to the concerns raised by Kerry.
Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and U. S. Secretary Chuck Dickenson in Davao, Philippines, December 2, 2017.AP