‘United States respects PH sovereignty’

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THE US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday said the United States respects Philippine sovereignty, a day after the State Department denied the existence of a supposed blueprint to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Daniel Russel

US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel

In a statement, the US Embassy recalled that Secretary of State John Kerry told Duterte in a meeting in July that “the United States respects the sovereignty of the Philippines and the democratic choices made by the Philippine people in selecting their leaders.”

“Our relationship with the Philippines is broad and our alliance is one of our most enduring and important relationships in the Asia Pacific region. It has been a cornerstone of stability for over 70 years. It is built on shared sacrifices for democracy and human rights and strong people-to-people and societal ties,” the embassy said.

“We continue to focus on our broad relationship with the Philippines, and will work together in the many areas of mutual interest to improve the livelihoods of the Philippine people and uphold our shared democratic values,” it added.

On Monday, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, in a statement to The Manila Times, denied the existence of a blueprint for Duterte’s ouster supposedly drawn up by former US ambassador Philip Goldberg.
“These allegations of a blueprint are false. No such blueprint exists,” Russel said.

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  1. “Shared sacrifices for democracy and human rights and strong people-to-people and societal ties”…
    That is bullshit, Daniel Russell! Even the late great writer Mark Twain campaigned hard against the atrocities perpetrated by his fellow Americans in the Philippines. Ask the Moros in Mindanao, the Visayans in Samar, the Tagalogs in Manila, the Capampangans in Pampanga and the Ilokanos in Ilocos how whole villages were burned and tens of thousands of Filipino people including the elderly, women and children were shot like turkeys on American thanksgiving.

  2. If we need to remove Duterte and his cohorts in power we can do it ourselves. Just like Edsa revolution and we did this twice. During Marcos and Esrada’s Regime. We don’t need other countries to help us . When we Filipinos get tired of being rule by Dictators or Abusive Leaders . We are together to protest and remove them in power and we do it without a spill of single blood. That’s how good we are…

  3. Only a fool will believe that. Oh I forgot the Yellows will do! Tell that to the Yellows. Bad news, they’re only 3%.

  4. I believe there is really a blue print for the ouster of PRRD and I’m not surprise US authorities will deny such scheme. This is expected of course, they are capable to destroy any sovereign country if they want to. US destroyed Panama, Iraq, Libya, Ven ezuela, Ukraine, and many more.The US is a great & no.1 deceiver & manipulator

  5. This is just a press release but the CIA and former Ambassador Goldberg is plotting a coup against a democratically elected leader yet again.

  6. Thats been always the policy of the US when they cant control a country whom they expect to be subservient to them. The US is no. 1 hypocrite nation in the world. They expect all nations to kowtow to them. Imagine appointing themselves to be the world policeman yet they are the foremost destabilizer of other sovereign nations

  7. The us does not need a blueprint. So I believe that for sure. If they want t to oust someone they do it. It’s a know fact.