April 27, 2018, 12:56 pm
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Duterte softens stance on U.S.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte seems to have “moderated his language” towards the United States since President Donald Trump assumed office at the White House in Washington, D. C. this year.

Duterte has likely “taken an opportunity to do a bit of a reset” after Trump was elected, in the view of American analyst Ernest Bower, according to a report by the Asian Journal.

“We’ve gotten signals that the Philippines and the United States are security partners,” said Bower, senior adviser of Washington-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). “I don’t think we’re going backwards on US-Philippine cooperation.”

The relationship between Manila and Washington, he recalled, “has been icy, following Détente’s constant profanity-laced speeches against the U.S. government under former President Barack Obama.”

When Duterte took office last year, he announced that the Philippines would shift away from the United States, in favor of China and Russia as part of Manila’s efforts to push for a new independent foreign policy.

However, Bower remarked, the decades-long alliance between the Philippines and the United States remains strong. He said Duterte is more favorable and open to working with the Trump administration after the U.S. president praised the Détente’s war against illegal drugs. 

Duterte also said he would not interfere with Trump’s immigration policies that could result in the deportation of undocumented Filipinos in the U.S.

By the way, despite Détente’s change in foreign policy, the U.S. continues to be the top foreign country trusted by Filipinos, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The poll results showed that the U.S. obtained an overall +59 net trust rating among Filipinos. Despite remaining in the “very good” category, however, it was lower compared to the previous +66 ratings last year.

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President Duterte has ordered the recruitment of police officers “who are imbued with the fervor of patriotism and no history of corruption” to become members of an anti-drug task force to carry out the war against illegal drugs in the country.

Since he took office, 7,000 individuals were killed by both police and vigilantes, while 52,000 have been arrested during the legitimate anti-drugs operations.

Duterte maintained that the anti-drug operations would remain under the supervision of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

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Former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has warned against the unseating of President Duterte by the political opposition led by the Liberal Party.

Enrile, as quoted by political watcher Leslie Bocobo, said that the opposition cannot possibly unseat Duterte successfully because they be catapulting the country towards a civil war, in which the military will have to step in to make sure that order is in place before full anarchy happens.

Enrile, a constitutional expert, noted that the President, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, carries with him the authority to declare Martial Law in the event that the State is put in a dangerous position by lawless elements and by those who would create havoc in the citizenry.

The purpose of government, he went on, is for the people --- to enforce the law and to ensure that peace and order are in place. While government may be tolerant as to allow street protests and demonstrations, there will always be specific limits to all these.

 “I say, only those who think selfishly of themselves with dark ambitions as to continue to lust for a return to power will think of destroying the country and its people, if only to be in power again. And again I say: ‘They are the real dictators’!”

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Quote of the Day: “The hatreds of political opponents, like their occasional ebullitions of bonhomie, are shallow-rooted plants” – Anon.
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