Philippine Duterte is Anti-American
During the recent Philippines presidential election in May, 2016, the candidate Duterte, claimed when the press questioned him, he was not anti-American. This issue arose when he was major of Davao many years ago over a rape case where he made sexist comments. Like the American presidential candidate, Donald Trump, Duterte's mouth is becoming more controversial.
When President Obama politely commented about the war on drugs and drug pushers where 1900 have been murdered, basically, without any judicial process by police and vigilantes, Duterte, a nationalist, retorted, "Who does he think he is. I am no American puppet. Son of a bitch, I will swear at you".
The two leaders were to meet but Obama cancelled it.The Philippines gained independence from the USA in 1946. The American period of occupation began after the Americans won the American-Spanish war forty years earlier. During WW2, the Philippines was taken by Japan and it was America that saved them. Since 1946, the Philippines and the USA have been close allies but it seems Duterte wants to steer away from the USA, especially over the South China Sea issue. Duterte has already said that they must negotiate with China who is seizing many of the Philippine islands because they cannot fight them. It seems Duterte would rather concede to the Chinese than to embrace the only force that can stop the Chinese- the USA.
Despite Duterte's popularity, many in the government do not like him for his coarse style and his actions. Many in the general population do not fully support all his radical approaches. Duterte seems to enjoy going out of his way to confront the USA. In a recent comment, Duterte called the American ambassador a "gay son of a bitch". But Duterte's anti American blood runs deep for whatever reason like many Third World countries. He blames the USA for the current Abu Sayaff terrorists attack in Davao because, " they (the US) invaded our country and subjugated the Philippine people". Really? I guess it depends on how you look at it.
The Philippines was greatly improved during the American period no matter how much Duterte may deny this. America during the "occupation" instilled the American democracy in their culture, which Duterte benefited from as he grew up. America did not subjugate Filipinos to anything like the Japanese did until America liberated the country in WW2.
Duterte's war on drugs is really just a presidential order allowing police and anyone with a gun to hunt down and kill if there is resistance without an arrest. No one is exempt from this, not politicians, police leaders or the population. While the government claims that extra-judicial killings are against the law, quite the opposite occurs. How many of the murdered were actually drug pushers or addicts?
No one really knows.
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