On losing US aid: We will turn to China, Russia – Duterte

“We can always get it from China and Russia”.

This is what President Duterte told reporters after meeting with the Filipino community in Singapore on Friday night. He said the Millennium Challenge Corporation can start packing their bags and leave within six months.

President Rodrigo Duterte could not care less that a United States aid agency has decided to defer the selection of the Philippines for a second grant, since the Philippines have improved ties with China and Russia.

When informed that the Philippines has lost $400 million worth of aid, Duterte said “We’ll be glad to lose it… We will not go hungry. We will not go hungry without the American aid. We are not that desperate”.

Duterte dared the US, the United Nations and the European Union to pull out their aid from the Philippines, after a US senator warned that they can stop supporting countries that violated human rights.

Last Friday, a memorandum of understanding with Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo for a P100 million donation to fund anti-poverty programs was signed by Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua.