• ‘No longer little brown brothers of America’

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    YASAY IN DC Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. speaks during a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Yasay discussed Philippine foreign policy under President Rodrigo Duterte. AFP PHOTO BY ZACH GIBSON

    YASAY IN DC Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. speaks during a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Yasay discussed Philippine foreign policy under President Rodrigo Duterte. AFP PHOTO BY ZACH GIBSON

    DEFENDING President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs right in the US capital, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. called on the United States to stop lecturing the Philippines on human rights, saying Filipinos “cannot forever be the little brown brothers of America.”

    “At one point in time, we have to make sure … we have to grow and become the big brother of our own people, of the next generation of Filipinos,” Yasay said in a forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday.

    The United States has expressed alarm over the rising deaths of suspects in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which has frayed relations between Manila and Washington.

    Early this month, Duterte launched an expletive-laden tirade against the US and US President Barack Obama for criticizing the anti-drug campaign, forcing the White House to cancel a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Laos.

    In Laos Duterte brought up atrocities committed by the US army against Moros in Sulu during the pacification campaign by American colonizers a century ago.

    Duterte has since proclaimed that the Philippines would adopt an independent foreign policy, and announced plans to get military equipment from China and Russia.

    He had also called for the withdrawal of US troops in Mindanao, only to take it back later.

    No checklists

    In Washington, Yasay said the US should not tie its aid to certain conditions.

    “You do not go to the Philippines and say ‘I am going to give you something, I am going to help you develop. I am going to help you grow, but these are the checklists that you must comply with. We will lecture you on human rights,”” Yasay said.

    Yasay said the Philippines respects human rights, and called on the US to understand that each country pursues its national interest.

    “We would like to assure you that even before America became [our]colonial power … the Filipinos had already fully understood the sanctity of human life, the dignity of human life, the respect of certain inalienable rights,” he explained.

    Yasay reiterated that Manila won’t cut ties with Washington, and invited American companies to set up more businesses in the Philippines

    “Our alliance based on mutual trust and respect will continue to contribute to the peaceful and stable regions that both of our countries have committed to our people,” he said.

    “We can do more. The Philippines and the US are natural business partners because of shared values and common interests,” he added.

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    1. “We can do more. The Philippines and the US are natural business partners because of shared values and common interests,” he added.
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      Common interests maybe

      NOT Shared values

      The American government does not urge citizens to kill other citizens

    2. The US government has been using Philippines for along time strategically for its location and resources, they have been doing it with ease. Even with having so much advantages that they acquire from leeching our country, the US still regard Filipinoes less. Sadly, they even treat other nationality better and with respect.

    3. Mr. Yasay diplomacy style is stuck in the sixties, appearing low-tech amid new international realities. Never invoke race when nobody is thinking about it and appearing out-of-touch and sophomoric. Use the new found independence brought about by DU30’s miscues (he’s a genius if he planned it to appear independent from the US) and deal with the US accordingly. The US historically gives more help to not-so-friendly allies than those firmly established in their camp. China is looking to save face, forever losing the nine-dash-line, and the PHL must play this flawlessly.

      Play both sides, China and the US, to gain concessions from both, and never really finally show your hand . Now, who’s smart enough to lead such a charge?

    4. If a foreign police force was gunning down people in the Philippines everyone would have a problem with that but since it’s Filipino’s gunning down people in the street it’s fine.

      Let’s say China sends troops to help Duterte under the guise of helping his war on drugs, Think it can’t happen ? China has already started to build rehab centers in the Philippines that will house millions of people. Call it a rehab center or call it a reeducation center that the Chinese are famous for.

    5. LONG LIVE THE PHILIPPINES!

      The Government is on the right direction. We should have good relations to all countries, especially the US but they should not interfere in our domestic issues.

      It’s morally right when you give assistance and aid to anyone, do not dictate of its utilization. When you give something, you do not expect in return. But the US when it gives P1.00, the US expects P10.00 in return in any means.

      Wake-up Filipinos!

      Yes, with all the assistance/aid from the US we feel as in heaven (masarap ang buhay)! I’ll rather have a simple and ordinary life but I AM INDEPEDENT!

      GOD BLESS PRESIDENT DUTERTE & THE PHILIPPINES!

    6. For the first time, there is a Filipino who is really promoting the concept and and assurance to the world that the Philippines is a Sovereign Nation independent and not a under any colonial ruler. Keep it up, President Duterte.

    7. Yasay said the Philippines respects human rights
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      On the day he was sworn into office, June 30, Duterte urged people living in a Manila slum to kill drug addicts in their community.
      “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

      His handpicked police chief, Ronald dela Rosa, called for drug addicts to kill traffickers and burn down their homes.

      Sure doesn’t appear that Duterte or the police chief care about anyone’s human rights or the Philippines constitution when they encourage citizens to murder people.

      • Sovereignty,Independence and self governance are all good and should be promoted. Also, though, should a realistic view of a nations place in the world.
        This new government seems very ready to thumb its nose at its allies and friends while meanwhile ignoring and befriending those that seek to over-run or take away its long held principles. I am talking about its reaching out to communists and playing the timid lapdog to China.
        Keep an eye open Philippines. Next you know your islands will number a few less as the Chinese keep wiping their nose (or lower parts) with the pieces of paper your UN tribunal won you.
        The single biggest buffer you have is your allies in stopping Communist China from your doorstep is your ally the USA.
        After insulting the UN and the USA who will come to your aid once China builds its next military base and bans Filipinos from fishing grounds and islands that have long been theirs???.

      • so what’s ur point then?its ok for criminals to kill innocent people? and its not ok for the police to kill lawless criminals?

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