I have been thinking about this for a while and I made up my mind. President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines President are by many controversial and his acts are not ordinary in society as we’re used to, but partly they work and many feels safer, though the violent police force gets rid of violent and dangerous drug-trade that has at its peak even corrupted Members of Parliament. Therefore his cabinet and his acts made both enemies locally and abroad.
His tone and demeanour is also striking, a hot-headed man who speaks his peace and war before he tries to mend the wounds created, because he figures out that the striking isn’t always the way to go and to create dialogue. But he seems like a leader who wants to be respected for being him and for his country.
Here is what happen lately and made fuzz worldwide. Because the MCC again made a decision, but without giving reasons for their suspensions that we’re for infrastructure projects, that they are now finding other funding for instead of the American funding. Duterte has gotten grand support in other Asian powers over the recent months and even gotten friendly with the Chinese, which has even respected the courts over well-resourceful islands that China has claimed.
“China has offered the Philippines credit worth USD500 million to procure Chinese-made military products, Philippine defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on 20 December. In comments published by the Philippine government’s news and information bureau, Lorenzana said the funds would be made available through soft loans and would support the procurement of unspecified “big-ticket military items”. Under an initial part of the aid package, Lorenzana also confirmed that China has agreed to provide the Philippines with CNY100 million (USD14.4 million), which will support the Southeast Asian country’s acquisition of “small arms, speed boats, or night-vision goggles” (Grevatt, 2016).
Together with a big grant of monies has also come to the nation under Duterte. As this has happen after the American pressure has risen and they don’t see how this aggressive attitude doesn’t help the relationship between the Philippines and the American counterparts.
MCC cancelling grants for infrastructure projects in Philippines:
“The US-led Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC) has suspended a funding grant for the Philippines over “concerns around rule of law and civil liberties” under the Duterte administration. In a statement last Wednesday, the MCC said it has “deferred a vote on the re-selection” of the country for another compact grant, “subject to a further review.” No other details about the Philippines were released” (Magtulis, 2016).
“I understand that we have been stricken out of the Millennium Challenge. Well, good, I welcome it,” Duterte said with apparent sarcasm. “We can survive without American money,” he said. “But you know, America, you might also be put to notice. Prepare to leave the Philippines, prepare for the eventual repeal or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement,” he said, referring to a 1998 accord that governs American forces visiting the Philippines for joint combat exercises. Speaking with reporters Friday, Duterte also told U.S. workers or troops to “start packing.” (Penzenstadler, 2016).
“For the past previous months since Duterte took office, the United States has reiterated several times its concern over the alleged spate of extrajudicial killings related to the Philippine government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs” (…) “America is a land of hypocrisy. There are 40,000 Americans killed every year, drug-related,” Duterte said in a speech before a group of exemplary government employees” (Sioson, 2016).
We can wonder how this is to be and how this will go. Certainly the killings can be questioned in the Philippines, as much the United States should question their own misgivings on this matter. The Duterte government are striking hard and trying to force it out. Though certainly the killings can be seen as causing havoc, it can also create a safer environment; as long as this is a temporary matter where the drug monies and society has been under fear because the drug-gangs in Philippines.
The United States can by all means suspend their aid to the Philippines, but they are not their lapdog and their puppet to control. As they will be muffled to be controlled and if they listen they get their candy. The MCC might review it and address the matter, but a President Duterte is right reacting and showing courtesy to the American government who does this to his administration. Instead of looking at in silence and pounding on the lost funds. Instead his proof of power comes with the strategic need of alliances that U.S. Government needs in the South China Sea.
President Trump and his nominee Secretary of State Tillerson will not have a cake-walk in Asia. President Duterte will not make it easy for somebody like them to trade the waters. Duterte has his pride and wants to make the best effort in power. The rare instance was that the international community didn’t care when the communities we’re attacked by drug-gangs and drug related
We can wonder how this will go, but one thing is for sure President Duterte will not be muffled by the American Government as his predecessor. They have followed the party line of the US foreign policy, but Duterte are acting as President on his own merry. Something the world should recognize and respect. I understand why some policies and some acts might offend and even boggle your mind, but him standing up to the U.S. shows his pride and also his vigour not be controlled and told how to be. Duterte deserves credit for that, though we can question the purpose, longevity and the current policy against the drug-lords and drug-gangs.
It might have consequences right now for the funding of certain projects that has to get funding from elsewhere, but what we can now is that Duterte will not an underling to the American Empire, but be his own and change affiliations if it benefits the Philippines, which is something he should do without any scrutiny; unless he did it without any transparent objectives and with no concern for the ramifications on his own population. Peace.
Magtulis, Prinz – ‘US defers Philippine grant amid rule of law, rights issues’ (16.12.2016) link: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/12/16/1653963/us-defers-philippine-grant-amid-rule-law-rights-issues
Grevatt, Jon – ‘China offers USD500 million in military aid to Philippines’ (21.12.2016) link: http://www.janes.com/article/66457/china-offers-usd500-million-in-military-aid-to-philippines
Penzenstadler, Nick – ‘Philippines’ Duterte to U.S. over aid: ‘Bye-bye America’ (18.12.2016) link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/12/17/philippines-duterte-us-over-aid-bye-bye-america/95557384/
Sioson, Dana – ‘Duterte: ‘US a land of hypocrisy’ (20.12.2016) link: http://asianjournal.com/news/duterte-us-a-land-of-hypocrisy/