Monday 3 April 2017

Washington Post-Duterte's playing superpowers to get billions in development aid for the Philippines.

New York Times and the Philippine Daily Inquirer last week made use of their constitutionally guaranteed right- “Freedom of the Press” to attack Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte regarding his brutal war against drugs and the extra judicial killings.

The Washington Post—the same newspaper that brought down a sitting US President, Richard Nixon, in the 1970s—chose to report instead on the bigger picture, in the following article on Duterte’s playing the superpowers to get billions of dollars (renminbi?) in development aid for his country.
Washintong Post in its March 28, 2017 issue, this news will never be known to the rest of the Filipino people if our mainstream media will not report it(Manila Times). Also pls see:

The Washington Post article was headlined in the inside pages with, “Duterte’s volatile policies paying off”.

His electoral triumph last summer, the man famous for cursing foreign leaders and calling for mass killing seems to be raking in the cash for the Philippines.

-A tidy $24 billion in deals with China.

-Fresh billions from Japan. Not to mention the tens of millions in military and development aid the United States sends each year—despite his call for a “separation.”

The President of the Philippines has new friends such as China and Russia  Both see Duterte as an ally against the US military’s Asian ambitions.

Treaty ally such as the United States and Japan might bristle at Duterte’s rhetoric and rights record, but they are willing to speak softly because they need his help countering Chinese claims to most of the South China Sea.

Duterte as the presidential candidate, promised the country will pursue  an “independent foreign policy”, vowing to stand up against the over reliance to the Americans and make money from everyone else in the planet. Deals, investment packages and promises from all his different State visits, we can safely say that Duterte has delivered.For how long…is a different matter altogether.

Duterte’s diplomatic maneuvering allowed him to press ahead with state-led killings of alleged drug dealers and users while securing billions of dollars worth of deals. “Despite all his shenanigans, he hit a strategic sweet spot,” said Richard Javad Heydarian, an assistant professor of political science at Manila’s De La Salle University.

For now, Duterte seems likely to woo as many allies and investors as possible, said Aileen S.P. Baviera, a China expert at the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center.

“Because of Trump, most countries want to hedge their bets and remain as flexible as possible,” she said. “And right now, China looks like a more stable partner than the US.”

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