October 20, 2017, 9:36 am
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‘Americans should respect Duterte’

UNEXPECTEDLY, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte received support from both Virginia State Senator Richard Black and even from Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in his war on illegal drugs.

In an interview with EIR Asia expert Mike Billington regarding President Duterte’s war on drugs, Black said that “Americans should not intervene and respect the Filipino culture because Filipinos know more of what their own country needs.”

Black, a former chief in the criminal division in the Pentagon, Virginia, USA., also claimed that his fellow Americans have a tendency to impose their supposed “higher intellect” on other cultures.

Black recalled that Duterte was once mayor of Davao City and that he was ruthless to criminals, therefore bringing law and order into the once lawless city in Southern Mindanao. “That is why majority of Filipinos voted for him,” Black said. “The people of the Philippines elected Rodrigo Duterte since they wanted law and order, and he gave it to them. They have chosen a very strong leader.”

Black also mentioned that the United States had a war on drugs, but it was immediately eradicated by politicians and now the drug situation is worse.

In dealing with drugs, he went on, the US should get inspiration from the Philippines where Duterte viewed it as a war and not just police action, as their situation on drug trade is getting worse. 

In the recent declaration of Duterte to separate the Philippines from the US, Black said “the U.S, is to blame as the government should have dealt with the Philippines in a more sensitive fashion.” 

Finally, Black noted that “the Chinese offered assistance, while the United States offered condemnation. It would be a shame to lose our alliance with the Philippines.”

In Moscow, President Duterte also received support from Russia’s Putin. He condemned the ongoing political wrangles in the Philippines, saying that members of opposition Liberal Party, led by former President Noynoy Aquino, are “the big problem” in Duterte’s government.

 “I wonder why they fighting President Duterte,” Putin asked. “Is it because he is defending the poor?... Filipinos should push for the resignation of crooked individuals in the Philippine government.”

There you are! President Duterte is getting surprisingly full support from both the United States and Russia! 

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