Sunday, October 2, 2016

Philippine President: China, Russia Supportive When He Complained About The U.S.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte leaves the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Reuters: Philippines' Duterte says China, Russia supportive when he complained of U.S.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he had received support from Russia and China when he complained to them about the United States, in another broadside that could test his increasingly fragile alliance with Washington.

Duterte said that during a meeting on the sidelines of a leaders' summit in Laos last month, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had agreed with him when he railed against the United States.

"I met with Medvedev, I am revealing it to you now," Duterte said in a speech. "I told him this is the situation: They are giving me a hard time, they are disrespecting me; they are shameless

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WNU Editor: To say that the Philippines have elected a "strange" President is (IMHO) an understatement.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

He reminds me of Yevgeniy Roizman, the mayor of Yekaterinburg, only with more bark and much, much more bite. Both are "anti-drug" vigilante demagogues. While I don't think his approach is at all acceptable, Duterte was clearly elected more for domestic policies than for international grandstanding, which is understandable as the true value of the "American alliance" is questionable. (You could argue it is relevant against China, but would you say that if China seriously attacked the Philippines, America would stand aside because of Duterte? So he loses nothing by pushing it away, as I see it.)