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Duterte meets his ‘hero’ Putin

LIMA, Peru – President Duterte met the man he calls his hero, Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Saturday and unburdened his gripes about US ‘‘hypocrisy,’’ ‘‘bullying,’’ and foreign wars.

Duterte, who has publicly expressed his admiration for the Russian leader, said the Cold War had stood between their two countries as the Philippines, a former US colony, was historically identified with the West.

But that has changed now that he is president.

Since taking office in June, the foul-mouthed Duterte has upended the Philippines’ historical military alliance with the United States, repeatedly saying he was shifting toward China and Russia as he embarks on an independent foreign policy.

‘‘It was good (while) it lasted,’’ Duterte told Putin of what he has called his ‘‘separation’’ from the United States.

‘‘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 their 45-minute meeting on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Peruvian capital Lima.

‘‘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.’’

Duterte also said the United States ‘‘forced’’ the Philippines to contribute soldiers in its wars in Vietnam and Iraq.

When Manila pulled out non-combat troops that were part of the US-led coalition against Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2004 following threats to behead a kidnapped Filipino worker there, Washington ‘‘made it hard for us,’’ Duterte told Putin in a video shot by the Philippine presidential palace broadcast team. ‘‘These are the things I see which is not a good idea,’’ Duterte said in English.

He also said the Philippines longed to be part of Europe.

‘‘We’ve been longing to be part also of – despite the distance – we have been longing to be part of Europe, especially in commerce and trade around the world.’’

He said it’s still possible to save the 12-nation TPP negotiated by the Obama administration by introducing
cosmetic changes making it acceptable to Trump or carving out a less ambitious pact among TPP signatories that leaves out the US.

“I personally think that President Trump will be very much like chairman of the corporation Trump is,” he said. “He’s a flexible business guy. He’s going to realize he has a role to play.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered

perhaps the most-forceful defense of free trade, given the size of his economy. In his kickoff speech from Peru, he said the best response to rising protectionism would be for APEC’s 21 members to negotiate a free trade area encompassing the entire Pacific Rim.

“Closed and inclusive arrangements are not the right choice,” Xi said, taking a veiled stab at the TPP, which excludes China and is widely seen as an attempt to reassert US dominance in Asia. “Building a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific is a strategic initiative critical for long-term prosperity.”

Xi’s remarks came as Chinese state media blasted Trump for “trade-bashing” rhetoric that threatens global economic stability.

“The billionaire-turned-politician needs to prove that derailing the global economy has not been one of the reasons why he ran for US president,” official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary piece published Saturday. (AP)

comments
  • marilyn

    buti na lang at nagtagpo na ang dalawa umpisa ng pagtuong ng russia sa pinas

  • mario

    anong masama naman dyan kung makita sila dapat pa nga tayong magalak sa paguusap ng dalawa

  • agnes T.

    a new blessing awaitng para sa pinas antayin ang pagbabalik sa magandang resulta sa pakikipagusap ng pangulo!

    • mike

      oo nga at tiwala nman tayo na may dala lagi syang magandang balita lagi,

  • nicolez

    sigurado ako na nagagalak ang putin at si duterte sa isat isa mabuti na lamang at nagtagpo na ang dalawa para pagusapan ang future ng bansa natin

  • josh

    malaking tulong to para naman mapagaling pa ang mga pinoy na sunadlo. Tama lang talaga na makipagkaibigan sa Russia

    • seph

      yes para may panibagong kaalaman na mangagaling sa kanila

  • ken

    Congrats sayo duterte kasi nagkita kayo ng idol mong si putin!

  • walter

    kalokohan mo dutae!

    • prince

      Idol nya sa pamamalakad si putin!

  • christine

    Galing mo po talaga Tatay Digong! Sana maging kaibigan natin ang russia. Malaking tulong ang russia sa ating pagunlad

    • ohjn

      pinilit nyang pautangin ulit tayo.angaangaa ka pla eh!

      • V’ne

        utangin mo mukha mo.matagal na tlga sila planong magkikita eh.

  • orlf

    job well done pdu30 sa wakas nagkita na rin kayo.

  • babart-gay

    alam namin na sa paguusp niyo magging maayos ang laht

  • Rox{rey}

    sa pguusap nila nararamdamn ko na ang panibagong magnadang mangyayari sa bansa natin

  • toni Lorenz

    ikaw ang tunay na matibay pangulo alam namin na may hatid kang maayos na pagbabago.

  • low wendy

    hindi naman maaasahan si DUTITI!

    • Angie

      manahimik ka nalng kung wala ka naman magndang sasabihin dahil hindi ka naman nakaktulong!

  • cherryl legazpi

    ginagawa naman ni digong ang kanyang makakaya,wag na lang haluan ng pambabatikos dahil hindi naman ito mkakatulong.

  • gregory

    mag tiwala lang tayo ky digong dahil para naman ito sa kapakanan ng bwat isa.

  • jEric

    puro yabang lang naman ang alam gawin ni digong,nkakairita.

    • mack mack

      kung alam mo lang ang ng yayari mg kakaron ng say say yang mga sinasabi mo.

  • cate lea

    malaki ang tiwala ko sa pamumuno ng administrasyong duterte.