April 6, 2018
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the awarding of plaques and trophies to the winners of Gawad Saka 2017 and Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan (MMK) 2017 at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on April 5, 2018.The annual event, spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA), recognizes the farmers, fisherfolks and livestock raisers who make significant contributions in the development of the agriculture and fishery sectors in their communities and in the country.#ComfortableLifeForAll#PartnerForChange
Gepostet von Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) am Donnerstag, 5. April 2018
This is fantastic.
Duterte is finally, officially, cutting the cord.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider a threat his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms.
The Philippines has been seeking modern weapons and small arms to step up combat against ISIS-linked Islamists, ever since Duterte assumed office in June 2016. However, Washington’s refusal to sell assault rifles, over concerns about the country’s human rights record amid the ongoing war on drugs, has forced Duterte to seek new suppliers. Manila, which has long depended on the US for weapons, turned to China and Russia to fill in the gap.
Yeah, I wonder why the US wouldn’t want to give someone weapons to fight ISIS?
I guess because of “human rights”…
“The fact is, the Americans really do not honor their word,” Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday, explaining his decision to look for alternative partners. Beijing and Moscow answered the call, even agreeing to provide some of the weapons for free, the Philippine leader told a group of farmers and fishermen gathered at a presidential palace reception.
“So I went to China… to ask [Chinese President Xi Jinping] to help us: ‘I need arms’,” Duterte recalled during his long speech. “Xi Jinping said, ‘No problem. Do not pay me, it’s all yours.’”
“So I went to Russia… ‘I came here to ask for your help! It’s okay, I’ll give it to you, free’,” Duterte paraphrased President Vladimir Putin’s alleged response during their meeting last year.
RUSSIA AND CHINA RULEZ!!!!
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING IF TRUMP DOESN’T TURN THIS SHIP AROUND!
Following Duterte’s visit to Moscow in May of last year, Russia indeed dispatched a modest weapons shipment to the Asian nation. In October last year, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu personally oversaw the delivery of around 5,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles and roughly one million rounds of ammunition, that was donated as part of a new relationship between Moscow and Manila. In addition to the machine guns and ammo, Russia’s Pacific Fleet also delivered 20 military trucks for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Beijing also dispatched arms to Manila, donating thousands of assault and hundreds of sniper rifles, as well as ammunition, to the Philippines as a gesture of “friendly and cooperative relations” in June and October of last year.
When you have countries as poor as the Philippines dumping you, you are in a bad place.
The US failed to engineer the Filipino election, Duterte got in, they tried to bully him, they failed because he dgaf, now there is a good chance they’re going to try and have him assassinated, so he’s preempting that by talking about it publicly.
All is well.
Trump and Duterte get along, of course.
But Trump has so little control over foreign policy. He is trying to get in control, and I’m sure if he does, Duterte will want to be friends again.