‘Wag naman Pareng Trump! Duterte hopes PH won’t be dragged into US-China trade war
President Rodrigo Duterte will ask United States President Donald Trump to spare the Philippines from the US’ trade war with China since it could spell doom for the Philippine economy.
Duterte said he will make the appeal to Trump in case they meet.
“Si Trump, kaibigan ko. So kung magkita lang naman kami — kung magkita kami — sabihin ko, ‘Pareng Donald, ano ba namang… Huwag mong… Pati Pilipinas niyan,'” he said in a press conference Friday in Davao City.
Duterte said that while the Philippines has a long-standing friendship with the Americans, it counts China as one of its biggest customers for exports.
“See, we have a limited market suddenly. Now, China buys everything from us. When I assumed the — my work as a — in the national government, everything was all right already. Maski anong ipagbili mo sa kanila, bibilihin nila,” he said.
Trade has become more difficult between US and China with the introduction of steep tariffs on the products they trade with each other.