Koko: If CHN, PH now friends, Duterte should formalize military relations with Xi Jin Ping

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III believes that the government should formalize the Philippines’ military relations with China especially that the leaders of the two country are being vocal about their growing friendship.

Pimentel made the statement after President Duterte repeated the assurance of China Prime Minister Xi Jin Ping that he would protect the Philippines from external threats. He agreed with Duterte in saying that China would be able to fulfill its promise since it has military capacities. (NEWS SOURCE: Published May 16, 2018, 5:02 PM; Vanne Elaine Terrazola; Senate chief urges formal military ties with China; https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/05/16/senate-chief-urges-formal-military-ties-with-china/)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had provided him with a personal assurance that Beijing would not allow him to be removed from office. “The assurances of Xi are very encouraging: we will not allow you to be taken out from your office and we will not allow the Philippines to go to the dogs,” Duterte said in a speech Tuesday. SOURCE: Duterte Says China's Xi Won't Allow His Removal From Office By Clarissa Batino and Andreo Calonzo May 16, 2018, 8:43 AM GMT+8 Updated on May 16, 2018, 11:49 AM GMT+8; https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-16/duterte-says-china-s-xi-has-his-back-to-help-him-stay-in-power

Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III, commonly known as Koko Pimentel, is a Filipino politician who is the 28th and current Senate President of the Philippines. He is also the current president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan. SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koko_Pimental

Born: 20 January 1964 (age 54 years), Cagayan de Oro
Full name: Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III
Spouse: Jewel May Lobaton (m. 2000–2018)
Party: PDP–Laban
Education: University of the Philippines College of Law (1985–1990), Ateneo de Manila University (1981–1985)
Children: Aquilino Martin Emmanuel L. Pimentel VI, Aquilino Justo L. Pimentel VII

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