Delfin Lorenzana has pointed to increased tensions in the South China Sea, adding that his country would be in the line of fire.
"I'm delighted we didn't lose 100 percent of our jobs despite the extremely long time we were locked down," President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman said.
The Philippines leader had previously offered to test the coronavirus vaccine announced by Russia this week.
Philippines president said Russia had offered his country the vaccine and promised to be one of the first to receive it to prove it was safe.
Duterte's outburst came after a group of medical professionals demanded more action to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country.
President issued his statement on China as tensions increased between the countries over a territorial dispute.
Duterte gave the incorrect advice in an address urging citizens to use masks and threatening those who do not with arrest and punishment.
"For me, vaccine first. If the vaccine is already there, then it's OK," President Rodrigo Duterte said.
The Filipino island of Luzon — including the capital Manila — is under lockdown until at least April 14 as authorities try and contain the novel coronavirus.
The Malacanang Palace spokesperson clarified Rodrigo Dutere's latest controversial remarks, this time targeting wealthy Filipinos.
"We will not sit idly if they continue to interfere with our process as a sovereign state," Salvador Panelo, a spokesperson for the country's president, said.
Duterte ordered senators Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy banned from visiting the Philippines and warned he may introduce new visa restrictions on American tourists.
There are hundreds of violent offenders still on the streets in the Philippines who President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered to hand themselves in.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Senator Dick Gordon for criticizing as "dangerous" the appointment of former military officers to senior government roles.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called on Congress to reinstate the death penalty for "heinous" drug crimes and corruption in his country.
Political opponents of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte are fighting charges that they conspired to produce YouTube videos that say his family received illicit drugs money.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is under investigation by the U.N. human rights watchdog over his brutal war on drugs.
The controversial president is well-known for public misogynistic remarks and has confessed to sexual assault.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned that the military may act against him over the country's worsening problems, including drugs, corruption, and terrorism.
Salvador Panelo said of Clooney: "Maybe I can educate her."
The bombastic president said he would be willing to support Washington if war broke out with Beijing in the South China Sea.
A young girl died in the crossfire of a shootout during a drugs raid amid Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal crackdown on drugs.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is "sick and tired of the system" amid government corruption.
Rodrigo Duterte, president of The Philippines, made the comments during a visit to soldiers hurt in a recent firefight with ISIS-linked Abu Sayyaf.
Rodrigo Duterte mocked a political opponent by suggesting he is gay and "confessed" to his own homosexuality in controversial remarks.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines railed against the hundreds of tons of Canadian trash brought to his country's ports in 2013 and 2014.
"Why is [Trudeau] sending his hair gel bottles to Manila?" Carlson asked.