Duterte ready to ‘give all’ to Trump

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte now wants to enhance relations with the United States under the Trump White House and is prepared to “give all” to Washington except military deals.

DUTERTE MEETS SUU KYI President Rodrigo Duterte meets Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, on Monday. Duterte present

Speaking before the Filipino community in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Sunday night, Duterte said he was “okay” with Trump and was eyeing a better working relationship with his US counterpart.

“President Trump and I are on good terms. And I can assure him also of our friendship and cooperation.

There’s no problem with that,” the President said, noting that Trump gave his support to his administration in addressing the drug menace in the country, unlike Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.

“For the previous president, I was evil. The crazy man was planning to jail me. This other one (Trump), he said, ‘You’re right,’” Duterte said.

Duterte said he was ready to “give all, whatever it is” under the Trump administration – except for military alliances.

“Short of, I said, the military alliances, I don’t like that. We can’t handle those,” he added.

The President stressed that the Philippines could not afford to get involved in conflicts, especially since its military is not as well-equipped as that of the US.

“We can’t do that. Why do we look for trouble? Why would I go there just to pick a fight… Let’s not look for a fight. Someday, but not now,” he added.

In a media interview in Myanmar, Duterte described Trump, a billionaire realtor and former reality TV star, as a “realist.”

“He is a guy who knows what is real, what is not, and he does not engage in theories. And even in the matter of human rights, he takes into account everything,” he said.

Duterte again lashed out at Obama, the US State department, and the European Union for raising concerns over his bloody war against drugs.

The President said the US and EU were “trying to be a dictator,” which he said was “not acceptable” to countries like Russia, China, Korea, Japan and the rest of the Asean nations.

“That is why they are trying to protect everybody. That is why they worry about the human rights even if it is not a citizen of their country and dito [here, in the case of the Philippines], what is very sad is they believe in the propaganda,” Duterte said.

“I’m just interested going after the drug guys. I have nothing to do with, what’s your business? I’m trying to protect my country. I’m trying to stay loyal to the oath of office, to protect and preserve the Filipino nation,” he added.

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  1. Duterte and Trump are both realistic. They can get together fine. They are not politicians, their REALISTICS. Not politicians who just plated on the sentiments of the people, but deep within themselves, they have ulterior personal motives. But Trump and Duterte, since realist, talkls and does things that are for REAL non politics intentions.

  2. The ASEAN nations and Pris. Trump praise DU30’s war on drugs, except Leni, UN, EU ,CHR …….. and Obama

  3. I wonder what Du30 is up to with the US, what a stupid president we have. That is all he knows, kill the addicts. He forgot they are also humans like everybody else, that also have rights under the law. Talking about military, US, got everything military wise, they do not need the Philippines for any assistance. Just wondering what Duterte is talking about.

    • if you really believe you can do better why don’t you run for public office in the next elections?

  4. How many people have the Americans and their coalition partners have killed in Syria? It’s civil war going on in Syria. What rights do the Americans have in in the domestic affairs of Syria? And where are human rights people critical of Duterte’s drug war?

  5. Hmmm, does DU30 not follow the news emanating out of the US? Trump is anything but a realist, since he has said so many disproven lies, promoted false conspiracy theories and shot baseless accusations at people he considers enemies. Trump seems to create his own alternative realities and fake facts, and behaves as a wannbe dictator or king who is never wrong and has absolute power. Look at his court filings as his bans against Muslim immigrants have been blocked by the courts: his filings argue that his”authority is beyond question.” Obama was a realist and did not act as someone who believes his word is unquestionable, as Trump does.