Philippines' Duterte says to stop quarrels with USA after Trump win
Nov 10 2016 by Kristina Bennett
"Despite the differences between the two, I think Donald Trump will respect President Duterte, that they will actually get on quite well", said Peter Wallace, founder of the Wallace Business Forum.
"I think (Philippine-US relations) will stay just the same".
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines launched a campaign to rid the country of drugs, a campaign that has involved the killing of thousands of suspected drug dealers and addicts.
"Ayaw ko po ng kalaban, but I can not also - sabi kasi nila, 'tutal tapos na ang election, nanalo na si Trump, why don't you just shut up?"
Particularly concerned, he said, are those with close links to America, such as the call-center workers at the heart of the $20 billion business-process outsourcing industry. "He will likely reach a detente with China".
But he also warned that with Trump's "isolationist and anti-immigrant attitudes" will cause a backlash against Filipinos living in the US.
Mr. Duterte also said "economic cooperation will be [an] important point of reference", adding that he will discuss with his Malaysian counterpart "the ways of intensifying two-way trade and investment as well as support for the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) to spur Mindanao growth".
The weapons were intended for a "law enforcement assistance program" aimed at improving policing in foreign countries, specifically related to human rights, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina said.
Duterte won a May election by a huge margin and is often compared with Trump, having himself been the alternative candidate from outside of national politics. Military ties with the U.S. remain but it will continue on the way the Philippine describes it. Antonio is chair and CEO of Century Properties, developer of Trump Tower Manila. Santa Romana was a part of this team and remarked, "China has made a commitment that it will not reclaim the shoal, preserving it as a marine sanctuary, so it is not allowing even Chinese fishermen to fish inside the lagoon".
Duterte's economic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia crowed: "We have a safety net which was foreseen by the president".
University of the Philippines professor and maritime expert Jay Batongbacal said a Trump presidency would be "more withdrawn in foreign affairs and less proactive in Asia". "He chose to pivot to China".
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Donald Trump on his election win and said on Wednesday he now wishes to stop quarrelling with the United States, recalling his anger at the Obama administration for criticising him.