Duterte says he will send Philippines’ navy ships into South China Sea to ‘stake claim’ over oil resources

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The Philippines will send naval vessels into the disputed South China Sea in a bid to defend what it claims are its oil and mineral resources, President Rodrigo Duterte has said, in remarks he partly directed at China.

“I will send my grey ships there to stake a claim,” Duterte said in a speech on Monday, explaining that he is not interested in a quarrel over fishing, but that he would protect “our oil.”

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