Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday made it clear that Manila does not have the cruise missile to hit China, and therefore, is focused on developing cooperation with China, ASEAN and Russian Federation.
The MVP group of companies was among the Philippine-based companies who supported the Duterte administration in building diplomatic and trade ties with Russian Federation, which have foreign policy differences with USA in the Syria crisis.
China has said the tribunal has no jurisdiction over sovereignty disputes.
"The Philippines and China are committed to peaceful resolutions to socio-economic, and political challenges, and the recently concluded meet on the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism is one platform for confidence-building measures, to address issues pertaining to the South China Sea", Abella said.
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said their meeting was frank and friendly, and the discussion was largely about preventing conflict, not threatening it.
"I have always believed that our fearless men and women in uniform should not be going into battle carrying arms attached to strings all the way to Washington", he added.
Relations between China and the Philippines have warmed considerably since Duterte came to power previous year as he has courted Chinese investment and distanced his country from traditional ally the United States.
"Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy".
In his speech last Friday before the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary at Lanang in Davao City, Duterte expressed his irritation that Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio and former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario think that he is being soft on China.
Duterte didn't say when and where the conversation took place.
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On a state visit to China a year ago, Duterte announced the Philippines' "separation" from the United States.
Cayetano said in his view, Duterte is consistent with his response repeated several times before: "I don't not want to go to war not because he's afraid of anyone, but because many people will suffer in not only in that area but the whole of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, including the whole [Asian] region".
He said he was discouraged and disturbed with Beijing's recent warning, saying it should have asked Manila to discuss the issue instead.
Duterte and Putin first met on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit in Peru last November.Since then, two Russian Navy flotillas have visited Manila. "Because in Western world, it's double talk", he said. "I am confident that their decision will change or they will understand the context of the President's pronouncement", Cayetano added. He had also previously said he hoped the Philippines would soon be able to start acquiring other Russian weapons.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared martial law in the south because of the militants' siege on the city.
Duterte is on a four-day official visit to Moscow to seek arms and warmer ties as he shifts his nation's diplomatic and defense ties away from the US - Manila's traditional ally and Russia's historical rival.
This was partly due to the Philippines' alliance with the United States.
Duterte said he told Xi in talks last week in China, "My view is that I can drill the oil if there is some inside the bowels of the Earth because it is ours".