Duterte warms to Putin, Xi


    LIMA, Peru: President Rodrigo Duterte debuted on the world stage on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) with a pledge to support a China-led development of Asia while opening a new gateway to Europe through Russia.

    Duterte met for the first time with his “hero” Russian President Vladimir Putin, lashing out at the West for its “hypocrisy” and “bullying” of small nations like the Philippines.

    He also reconnected with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who invited the Philippines to join the summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) emerging nations next year in Xiamen.

    GETTING TO KNOW President Rodrigo Duterte meets his ‘hero’ Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Peruvian capital Lima.

    GETTING TO KNOW President Rodrigo Duterte meets his ‘hero’ Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Peruvian capital Lima.

    In a 45-minute meeting at the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Peruvian capital Lima, Duterte told Putin that while the Philippines had been identified with the West as a former American colony, the Cold War no longer stood between the Philippines and Russia.

    “It was good [while]it lasted,” Duterte said of the historical ties between Manila and Washington.

    “Of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations. And not only that, they are into so much hypocrisy,” he said during his meeting with Putin.

    Since taking office in June, Duterte has upended US-Philippines ties, repeatedly saying he was shifting toward China and Russia as he embarks on an “independent foreign policy.”

    Following Western criticism of his war on drugs, Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to restrict joint exercises and naval patrols with the US military, and to buy arms from Moscow and Beijing instead of American suppliers.

    Before leaving for Peru on Thursday, Duterte said he was willing to join a “new world order” if China and Russia would take the lead.

    Saying he had been looking forward to meeting the Russian leader, Duterte told Putin of his wish for the Philippines to “be part of Europe.”

    “Despite the distance, we’ve been longing to be part of Europe especially in commerce and trade around the world,” Duterte said.

    Forced to contribute
    Duterte told Putin Western powers forced the Philippines to contribute soldiers to their wars, citing in particular the conflict in the Middle East in the 2000s.

    “And they seem to start a war but are afraid to go to war. That is what is wrong with America and the others. They’ve been waging wars in so many places – in Vietnam, in Afghanistan and in Iraq for one single reason that there was a weapon of mass destruction, and there was none,” he said.

    Duterte cited the case of Angelo de la Cruz, a Filipino truck driver who was kidnapped in July 2004 by Iraqi insurgents fighting the US-led assault against of Saddam Hussein.

    De la Cruz’s kidnappers had demanded the pullout of Philippine troops in Baghdad in exchange for his release. The government of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo acceded to the demand.

    “From that time on, the Americans made it hard for us,” Duterte said.

    Duterte invited to Russia
    During the meeting, Putin invited Duterte to go to Russia, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told reporters.

    Putin congratulated Duterte for his election “triumph” on a day that coincided with “the great patriotic victory” of the Allied Powers over the Nazis.

    The Russian leader then credited Duterte for laying the groundwork for stronger ties between Manila and Moscow.

    Duterte meets anew with Chinese President Xi Jinping. MALACAÑANG PHOTOS

    Duterte meets anew with Chinese President Xi Jinping. MALACAÑANG PHOTOS

    “Mr. President, this year marks the 40th anniversary since diplomatic ties between our countries … Historically, it’s quite a short period of time. Well, you have been able to do a lot in a short period of time in terms of developing the … partnership between our countries and with respect to promoting greater trust and confidence between us,” Putin said.

    ‘Mutual agreement’
    Duterte later assured his Chinese counterpart he would align the Philippines’ foreign policy toward a China-led economic development of Asia.

    “As I have given you my word, we will cooperate with you. With my thrust of an independent foreign policy, we will find ourselves mutually agreeing in so many things,” Duterte said.

    Duterte first met his Chinese counterpart in a state visit to Beijing last month. He thanked Xi for the “warm hospitality and excellent arrangements” extended to his official delegation during the visit.

    He then invited Xi to visit the Philippines at “a mutually agreeable date.”

    The President’s four-day state visit to China last month signaled a fresh start in bilateral relations that had been strained by a maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

    The two countries agreed that disputes in the South China Sea were not the sum of their bilateral relations, and that they would restore diplomatic and defense consultations.

    After Duterte’s state visit, Filipino fishermen were given access by the Chinese Coast Guard to Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal off Zambales province, a traditional and rich fishing ground of Filipino fishermen.

    Yasay said the Chinese assured Duterte that Filipino fishermen would continue to have access to Panatag. China offered training in fish culture.

    The two leaders also discussed cooperation in the agricultural sector and the beefing up of China’s imports of agricultural products. Also, the lifting of the Philippine ban on Chinese tourists and China’s hosting of the BRICS conference.



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    1. Fernando Gonzales Jr on

      Look at these negative comments on Duterte,American cyber espionage has begun to act!
      A dignified person should be in order to maintain friendly neighbors, to bring their own family happiness! conflict with your neighbors , just because there is a villain you need to be his thugs?
      Some people have been brain washed by the Americans! And some are in the hands of Americans! So to attack Duterte’s policy, Duterte is a smart and dignified president!

    2. du30 is a wanna bee communist dictator, happy to play along with Putin and xi. He should ask Putin about war and invading the Ukraine, Georgia etc… before throwing stones at his long time Allie and friend. While opening trade and other position are good, he should be reminded that he was not elected to change the very fabric of society… did Filipinos vote to give up their freedom in exchange for swearing their oaths and hearts to the state???

    3. Ignacio Balbutin on

      If the President will continue on this trend then he is inviting troubles. 90% of the filipinos and the AFP are democratic loving people more inclined to the West. The tidal wave of protest or a coup d’etat is just waiting on the sideline. Talking with Putin about wars the west is engaged upon is funny, does he not know that Russia is engaged in many wars too around the globe?

    4. My barber here in Manhattan is a Russian. He came into America at the age of 10. He is not yet an American citizen, but he loves America, not Russia. Years ago, I advised my barber to put his own barber shop. Six years later, he got lots of customers because he is hardworking and his shop is located in an affluent neighborhood in Manhattan. He, himself, is getting affluent too. He said, it is only in America where he can reach this plateau. I hope the young Filipinos in the Philippines will immigrate to America and NOT to Russia or China. I hope they will keeping learning English and not Russian and Chinese languages, unless they want to be Russian or Chinese citizens.

    5. Duterte is on the money with his complaints about hypocrisy and “bullying”. Carbon emissions and climate change are the ridiculous, leftist indulgences of the West. Blaming man made influences is now on the wain as the fallacy of the so called “science” is revealed. Trying to involve developing nations in this folly deserves immediate rebuke. It was nice to see Duterte put the arrogant Obama in his place. Expecting the Philippines to contain China is ridiculous. Its like the big kid hiding behind the little guy and letting him get hit first.

      Unfortunately the Europeans are not much better than the USA and in many ways, worse. The EU has proven to be the bureaucratic disaster Margret Thatcher feared it would become. Russia has a long and bitter history of repression and confrontation and China remains what it has always been; a source of potential wealth, not of wisdom or inspiration. Both Russia and China are renowned for genocides and brutality within their own populations.
      Not the kind of guys who are going to help you out for nothing. If things get rough your loans are not going to be

    6. I personally want to tell Pres. Duterte that your decision is not the decision of the majority of the Pilipino people. I will not follow you in your decision to follow China and Russia. I have serious doubt your decision making. You are bringing this country to dangerous grounds. I really pray that you will be replace . I do not like you and your decisions” . Every time you talk, you bring us with you , that I really hate because I do not agree with you.

      • So what’s the alternative?
        I still agree with Duterte’s move, he pointed out that America made it hard for us after the Iraq pullout. (Ask Gloria Arroyo, and also Erap) that two people also advised Duterte to go with China.

        If you have some valid reasons why Duterte’s move is wrong for us, cite it. The fanaticism for the US won’t work any good for us.

        What I am praying is an opposite to your prayer.

      • You can just voice out, that is fine… but you are not in the position to disagree more over you are not even a member of the present goverment.

        If you disagree please do an appointment to the presidents office & tell him that your decission is better than him. GO & EDUCATE PRES. DU30… so Filipinos will be safe as what you know.

    7. We need to admit that we were deceived yet again.

      We elected Du30 to clean up crime. We did not look deeply into his beliefs.

      Clearly he is determined to move us in a different direction.

      Now we must decide if we wish to live under a collectivist or and individualist system.

      Since our President is a socialist, it is important that we understand the core of that “ideology”.

      Collectivists believe that the “collective” is greater than the individual. The “group” has claim to everyone and everything within it.

      The “will of the people” is averaged by the administrators. The individual has no claim to life or property beyond what is dictated.

      Unsurprisingly, collective systems are documented in causing the genocides in history.

      Regardless of the justifications, collective systems move power out of the control of those who create the power to a smaller group of “administrators”.

      Collective systems “equalize” the bulk of the populace at a certain lifestyle level. Usually the level of the lowest in the collective. Perks and rewards are reserved for those who “sacrifice” themselves in the name of “governing for the people”.

      As a result individual achievement is smothered. There is no reason to work harder or smarter than the person next to you. Corruption is rampant. The worst among us always seek positions of power.

      Call it Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Mercantilism, “Modern” or “Crony” Capitalism. It is just re-branded feudalism. Judge the tree by the fruit it bears.

      So the choice each of us must make is,

      1.) do we wish to be an ant in the “New World” nest?


      2.) an independent individual?

      • Ignacio Balbutin on

        it has been proven in history that communism or socialism does not work in any given society. That is even the so-called communist giants, China and Russia are already embracing the capitalist or free market system to prosper