• US Embassy denies meeting with Duterte

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    (Note: The last paragraph of this story has been corrected to more accurately report the quote attributed to US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, as well as clarify that it was said in the context of the need to continue the good relations between the United States and the Philippines regardless of the result of the May 9, 2016 elections. The correction was made at the request of the US Embassy in Manila.)

    THE US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday said it has not scheduled any meeting with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed that emissaries had invited him for a talk.

    “At this time, no meeting with Mayor Duterte is scheduled,” Kurt Hoyer, press attaché at the embassy, said a text message when asked about the mayor’s statement.

    The presidential hopeful on Monday disclosed that he received an invitation from the US Embassy to discuss his positions on issues related to US-Philippines relationship should he win in the May 2016 elections.

    These include the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US and the disputed Spratly Islands.

    The tough-taking politician said there is a need to reveal the invitation because he was “lukewarm” toward the US.

    Duterte has been vocal about his opposition to the military agreement, which allows increased rotational presence of US troops in Philippine military bases and building facilities to store fuel and equipment there.

    On the dispute in the Spratlys in the South China Sea, the mayor said he would pursue bilateral talks with China if the Philippines’ ongoing arbitration case in The Netherlands goes nowhere.

    Hoyer clarified that “the embassy routinely meets with a full cross-section of Philippine society and politics to discuss a range of issues of mutual interest.”

    In an earlier interview with The Manila Times, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg promised to stay out of Manila’s politics.

    He expressed confidence that any candidate would want to continue the Philippines’ long-standing ties with the US to sustain economic growth and strong military defense.

    “Our job and my job and also the job of the people in the US is to stay out of your politics and to let the Filipino people decide who is gonna be your President,” Goldberg said.

    He said “continuity tends to be greater than change in these circumstances,” referring to the “very good relationship” between the US and the Philippines. “Regardless of who’s been president of the Philippines or president of the United States, we’ve always had good relations,” Goldberg said.

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    1. Hindi na naman daw kaya 3 to 6 months, Hindi nga kaya kung bakla ka, ang kulit mo. Ang bakla kahit gilingin gawing langgunessa ang finished product Langgunesang Bakla.

    2. i will eliminate crime in 3 to six months .. if i fail bongbong will take over..hahahaha stupidy has no limits sabi ni einstein.. totoo pala.

    3. He hinted though that “continuity is better than change.” —-kasi kaya nilang gag uhin sino man ang magpapatuloy ng daang matuwad kagaya ng ginawa nila sa kasalukuyan.

    4. Of course US want continuity than change because they will lost power in controlling the rotten unitary system of philippine government once #Duterte wins and we go Federal!

      • Federalism will just empower more the political dynasties and warlords. It will create more division than unity.

    5. No meeting scheduled is very different from no invitation. You can have an invite and have no meeting scheduled.

      • That’s one clear of evidence of how media people manipulate the way people get their news away from straighforward reporting to a highly slanted and misleading article. It’s one way of twisting truth into lies, facts into fantasies and vice versa. Look at the title! It is not in consonance with the statement: “The presidential hopeful on Monday disclosed that he received an invitation from the US Embassy to discuss his positions on issues related to US-Philippines relationship should he win in the May 2016 elections.” If we go over that statement and also with recorded video about him talking about this, there is really no claim or even just an insinuation that Mayor Duterte already had a meeting with US embassy. All he said was he was invited through an emissary to talk about US-Philippines relations, etc. But the title was somehow already suggesting about something that didn’t happen as if to say that Mayor Duterte is lying. How can the article suggest that the US embassy already denied a meeting that did not even occur in the first place? There is a very clear disconnect between the statement, “At this time, no meeting with Mayor Duterte is scheduled,” Kurt Hoyer, press attaché at the embassy, said a text message when asked about the mayor’s statement” and the title “US Embassy denies meeting with Duterte”.

      • EXACTLY! The writer didn’t seem to get it. ‘Duterte didn’t claim that the nmeeting happened, so the US Embassy has nothing to deny. Afterall, that “Duterte’s Invitation Nothing Out Of Ordinary” headline suggests that the US Embassy confirmed its attempt to set meeting.

      • ExDuteresupporter on

        Palusot pa more.. The American embassy responded to that very rumor that he is invited to the embassy… By context its one and the same, iba lang ang wording.. Why don’t you admit it Duterte has become delusional. I noticed his growing delusion when he said he is going to solve the problems of the country in 3 to six months… Magandang promises pero unrealistic.