Philippines’ Duterte tells summit he ‘abhors’ maritime incident involving China

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival in Davao
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr./File Photo

November 22, 2021

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told a regional summit hosted by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that he “abhors” a recent altercation with Chinese ships in the South China Sea and said the rule of law was the only way out of problems.

“We abhor the recent event,” Duterte said in the ASEAN-China special summit. “This does not speak well of the relations between our nations.”

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty)