"America has lost now. I've realigned myself in your ideological flow. And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It's the only way." This was the pronouncement of President Duterte on a business forum he had during his 4-day state visit in China.
As expected, his long-time critic Senator Leila De Lima reacted regarding the issue and said:
“Ano na naman ‘yung sinasabi na ‘It's the Philippines, China and Russia against the world?’ Malaking kahibangan!”
“Ano kayang meron sa China, na kung anong pag-aaway at pagmumura ang ginagawa ng Pangulong Duterte sa mga bansang nagmamalasakit sa atin ay sobra-sobra naman ang kabaitan niya sa China kahit na inaangkin nila ang ating teritoryo?”
She also pointed out how the President should have consulted the people first before announcing it in another country.
“It's an earth-shaking announcement. Wala man siyang respeto sa atin, na sana nagpaalam muna siya atin bago niya i-announce yun sa ibang bansa,”
“It is because of this that I am deeply concerned that the president's foreign policy and pronouncements, especially yung kakasabi pa lang niya sa China,” she said.
“I don’t think majority of our people like that.”