Duterte Vs USA Special Relationship – None!
Rodgrigo Duterte, the outspoken incumbent president of the Philippines has clarified his relationship with the United State of America during a press conference in Cotobato City.
Duterte was particularly dismissive of Philip Goldberg, the former US ambassador to the Philippines. Apparently Philip Goldberg during the election starter mouthing off, giving interviews against Duterte left, right and centre. (click here for what the interviews were about) Duterte found this stunt by Goldberg inappropriate for someone who was an ambassador and a foreigner at that.
The US treats the Philippines as if it is still its lowly colony. Aids to be given are under innumerable conditions such as curtailing the war on drugs.
He liken US aid giving and its many conditions similar to dogs on leash, tethered so tightly that they can’t get to the slice of bread the master throws far enough for the dogs to keep trying but to no avail.
Filipinos do not want to be disrespected. The Americans are so free and easy with their words which is anathema to Orientals dignity and pride especially to Filipinos. Loosing face is tantamount to being slapped.
Therefore, the US can keep their aids and assistance. Duterte said that China is willing to give assistance, so does Japan. Russia invited Duterte to talk, everything the Philippines need are in Russia. He just need to come and get it.
He further advised the US to look for another country that can stomach the US treatment. Filipinos are not so starved that they are willing to have their dignities trampled over. They will survive.