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Despite gay slur, US says ties with PH remain strong

Despite a fresh diplomatic row sparked by President Duterte’s gay slur against America’s top diplomat in Manila, Philip S. Goldberg, the United States said its alliance with the Philippines remains strong.

Malacañang yesterday stressed that President Duterte does not condone extrajudicial killings and is in fact concerned with the more than 500 people already killed in connection with the government’s anti-drug war.

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The United States government has commended the Philippines for the smooth conduct of the May 9 national and local elections which enjoyed historically high levels of participation.

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