Duterte hopeful with Trump’s protectionist

THE ADMINISTRATION of President Rodrigo Duterte said it was hopeful of the protectionist stance being adopted by newly sworn US President Donald Trump.

Speaking in an interview with government network PTV’s News Break on Saturday night, Communications Sec. Martin Andanar said the Philippine government will be anchoring its relations with the United States with Trump’s perceived stance on non-interference with other nations.

Andanar said that Trump’s 16-minute speech highlights the role that the incoming U.S. administration will have in dealing with other countries.

“Nabanggit nga niya doon na they will not impose their lifestyle on other nations, but then what they will do is prove to the world that they have a good way of running their government for the rest of the world to follow, iyon ang sabi niya, hindi sila makikialam sa polisiya o sa mga ginagawa ng ibang bansa,” Andanar said.

“They will let them be, mahalaga iyon. The President of the United States believes on protectionism, America first. At he also encourages the other nations to serve the interests of their own people.”

Andanar cited the similarities of some of Trump and Duterte’s policies, especially when it came to having independent foreign policies in their respective countries.

The Philippine official said it was likely that Trump and Duterte would have better relations compared with the previous administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama.

President Duterte has repeatedly berated the administration of Obama, including his envoy here, for reportedly interfering in local affairs at the expense of promised financial aid.

Mr. Duterte criticized the U.S. government for reportedly threatening to withdraw aid because of concerns on the Philippine war on drugs, which has claimed thousands in killings from both legitimate operations and suspected extra-judicial killings on drug personalities.

Andanar, along with national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon, represented President Duterte during the inauguration held in Washington.

President Duterte’s war on drugs has recently seen opposition, especially with the latest news that a Korean national was killed inside Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police.

Korean executive Jee Ick Joo was revealed to have been killed inside the PNP camp compound by antidrug police officers allegedly involved in extortion-slay.

PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is being asked to resign by House Majority Floor Leader Pantaleon Alvarez after the incident.

To this, dela Rosa said he did not need to resign.

Meanwhile, Andanar said he and Esperon felt comforted with how Trump said the United States has its own war against drugs.

Trump’s campaign accused foreign nationals and, at times, cited religions such as Muslims and nationalities such as Latinos, as the reason for a decline in the quality of life of U.S. residents.

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