'Hitler of the Philippines' orders troops to occupy South China Sea territories

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte orders military into territories in South China Sea

Territory in the South China Sea has been disputed by the Philippines and China

Thursday, April 6, 2017

In a move sure to inflame tension, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his troops to occupy territory in the South China Sea. 

Mr Duterte, who has branded himself the 'Hitler of the Philippines' has issued the order to stake a claim on a string of vacant islands which he says belong to the country, in an escalating border crisis with China. 

Both countries are laying claim to territory in the waters denoted by China's 'nine-dash line'. 

The Philippines challenged China's claim to the territory in a case which was heard by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016.  

When The Hague ruled China had no "historical claim" to the waters, the claim was immediatedly rejected by the Chinese government. 

Now the Filipino president has moved to tell China "what's there is ours".

There are due to be negotiations on the border crisis in May, to be held in China. 

Mr Duterte has also gained notoriety for his brutal war on drugs, which has led to thousands of deaths and prompted suggestions that the Filipino leader is encouraging muder and intimidation.