His colleagues said it’s the support of the people – not China’s assurance of protection – that Duterte should count on in the face of possible ouster moves. In remarks Tuesday night, Duterte revealed that China’s president Xi Jinping had personally assured him of protection from ouster. “Is China support for this administration to ensure its iron clad grip on power? “By doing this, Duterte aided China to gain substantial military control in the fiercely contested and strategic maritime area in the region. Pimentel also suggested the Philippines forge a formal security treaty with China as Xi had assured Duterte that Beijing would protect the country from threats.
Source: Philippine Star May 16, 2018 15:22 UTC