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President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he’s seeking closer ties with China and Russia

While Washington says it accepts that the Philippines is a sovereign state and free to follow its own course – responding to President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he’s seeking closer ties with China and Russia – there’s no doubt that the US administration is far from happy that its near-exclusive relationship with Manila is coming to an end. The timing too, as the US pushes its “Pivot to East Asia” geopolitical strategy, could not have been worse. But surely none of this has come as a shock. This has been on the cards for months.

There’s no doubt US President Barack Obama was aware that dealing with Duterte would be far more challenging than handling his predecessor, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. For one thing, Duterte is no Americophile; for another he’s a nationalist. But above all he is distrusting of US motives and machinations where the Philippines is concerned.

Obama has tried to play a patient game of diplomacy to gain Duterte’s confidence. He has downplayed the invective from Duterte – publicly at least; he sent his Secretary of State, John Kerry, to meet the Duterte less than a month after he took office. His hope was that Washington could play a key brokerage role in any discussions, favoured by Duterte, between Manila and Beijing over resolving the dispute over the South China Sea islands – the rocky outcrops of Scarborough Shoal which just a handful of days earlier had been deemed sovereign Philippine territory by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Likewise, Washington’s criticism of Duterte over the matter of extrajudicial killings which have piled up during the president’s war on drugs, has been more muted, more reserved, than that of other Western leaders such as those of the EU, Canada and Australia.

So on the face of it, it would appear that the US Government was being supportive of Duterte’s policy positions on wanting to settle its difference with China through negotiations, and on wanting to rid his country of a drugs pandemic – bloody though that was turning out to be.

But none of this should be taken at face value; and Duterte didn’t. First of all, on the question of the Scarborough Shoal dispute. Duterte believed it was always a mistake to inflame relations with its neighbour China by making the issue a highly charged international case which is precisely what Aquino had done when he took it to The Hague – and with the full support and backing at the time of the US. The re-emergence of American troops on Philippine soil, via the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, was all bound up in that. This was, as far as Aquino understood, a display of American might that would dissuade China’s adventuring in Philippine waters. In fact, it was part and parcel of Washington’s Pivot to East Asia. It was the military trappings of an American-led global trade onslaught into the region.

With respect to America’s quieter tone over the war on drugs, the veneer of that was so thin it was transparent. The main criticism, vicious and unrestrained, mostly came from Washington affiliates – the United Nations, 70% paid for by the US; Human Rights Watch and other US-sponsored NGOs, and of course, the Obama administration’s propaganda wing, the American mainstream media. While all these coordinated their attacks on Duterte – urging that he be brought before a war crimes tribunal, for example – Washington played Good Cop.

In all this, however, the Obama White House seriously miscalculated Duterte’s resolve. What had worked with Aquino and his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – the usual cocktail of flattery and reassurances and the “special relationship” card – was never going to work with Duterte. Of course, the State Department should have known that, but it looks like it believed that its powers of persuasion would be weightier than his determination to plough his own furrow for the Philippine future.

It also played a very clumsy hand with regards to China and Russia. Its constant rows with those two countries on the international stage virtually signaled to them that the Philippines – given the importance of its strategic location and its historic allegiance to the US – would be the perfect place for them to diplomatically bloody Washington’s nose.

They wasted no time in opening up relations. Russia, through its ambassador, has already met Duterte a week before the election. Similar contact had been made by Chinese emissaries.

Now they are both in trade talks with Manila, and one item that should give the US particular pause for thought is the supply of arms via a 25-year soft loan which is now being negotiated with its two new suitors. Since 1950, American weapons have accounted for 75% of all arms imports to the Philippines, according to the Stockholm International Institute, while China and Russia have never exported arms there. For Washington, this is far more serious than the loss of a sales contract. This speaks of potential defence treaties – again, once the prerogative of the US.

There’s little doubt that bilateral relations between Manila and Beijing and between Manila and Moscow will be swiftly stepped up. Duterte is expected to meet his counterparts in both the People’s Republic and the Russian Federation before the end of the year. Meanwhile, The VolatilianTM has no information regarding an imminent trip by Duterte to the United States.

169 Comments

  • Really USA and their we are here to help and meet our terms. I was born in the USA, the USA government is not the same as the American person. Philippines is near China makes sense to trade, less restrictions. Who can protect China from China. Who can protect the world from the USA and their now TTP partnership. Besides I like organic food , Russia is close also.

  • HOPE WERE NOT SWALLOWED WHOLE BY THIS CHINESE BULLY…. PHILIPPINES IS A VERY STRATEGIC PLACE… PARTIES TO REPRESENT THE PH ON THOSE BILATERAL/MULTILATERAL TALKS SHOULD KNOW WHERE TO STAND AND NOT BE MESMERIZED BY THOSE CHINESE NEGOTIATORS…. WEST PHIL SEAS ARE TOUTED TO HAVE OIL… HOPE NOBODY ENRICHES AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PHIL!!!!!

  • they said the Philippines has the entitlements at the west phil sea, as per USA and UNCLOS, but they never stopped the Chinese in building artificial islands in the area. they want the phil. to claim what she owns at the area, by what means? the chinese, americans, japanese, and asean nations patrols the area but that was about it, nobody stopped the reclamations. fishing is also imposssible beyond the 12 miles alloted to the Filipinos. may nagpa alis na ba sa mga barko ng intsik? wala pa di ba?

  • We cannot rely the US for self defense. did the US drive the Chinese Ships at Bajo de Masinloc? NO.

    She cannot even gave us modern ships.

    This is the problem to the US. if a president established ties with any anti US states, the US will topple that president.

    I believe EDSA 1 is also a CIA staged coup. CIA ousted him because Marcos is beginning to end his closeness with the US aside from having closeness with Communist states whose purpose is to ask them not to arm the NPA.

    • And that is where the crux lies, the so-called “longtime relationships”, the US have long been abusing this line to subjugate the Philippines, we are ” treaty allies” but how come they give much more to our neighbors who are NOT treaty allies? Because our government is weak and corrupt, before Du30 we’d get by with crumbs so long as the people on top would get to line their pockets, we danced to the tunes our American masters played. They flatter us with, “the US-Phil ties is the strongest and longest standing in Asia”. We are so flattered with this that we cannot even decide for our own when it comes to global issues, we wait for what the US tells us to do and what the US think is good for us. Now, we have a president willing to shake that tree, for us to get what we deserve and for us to get autonomy, free from what the US thinks is best.

      The clash between the US and China has long been coming, the only thing undetermined is where to stage it. This whole war with China is what the US wants for us. They make money in wars, and of course conveniently, at other people’s countries. We cannot survive a war with China even with the US supplying us with arms, we are but mere pawns in the game that the US is playing, one whose gains are theirs alone.

      We make peace with China and explore that option, meanwhile, the US may have to rethink how much we are really worth to them

    • Looks like communism. Hindi na tayo tuta ng US. pekingese lapdog na tayo ng China and very soon magiging chinese ptovince by historical rights dahil tayo ang may pinakamatandang chinatown.

  • America is our allied and we haved treaty thers no doubt about it swe still allied but our president looking good apportunity to our nieghbor country for trade purposes discuss the peace in orger in the region Digong renounce war but he s not surrender mif the dignity of the pilipino is spit up

  • kahit papaano, malaki din ang nagawa papel ng US dito sa atin, remember the Death March in Bataan, kung saan Both US and PH soldier ang nagSacrifice dun… it is true na marami namatay na pinoy sa Colonial period, pero hindi lang tayo ang meron ganung pangyayari sa mundo, Indian minsan inabuso na US govn dati, but sino rin ba ang tumulong sa kanila diba concern US citizen then, even Black american situation lang nmn kung bakit pumapanig si du30 sa china, but he never said na kaaway na natin ang US…

  • Hoy…mga bugok galing nyo magsalita galing din nman s puwet nyo…ang gusto ni pres duterte s china at russia ay trade business hndi mag kumunista na tau hayy naku..kung kaaway cla ng US hndi tayo ksama dun..kung talagang gusto tayo tulungang ng US dapat matagal na cla nagbigay ng malalakas ng armas warship at kung anu pa ang gnawa nagbigay nga pa unti2 yong iba binayaran pa ntin mga pinaglumaan pa….hndi tau ang mga pilipino ang mahal ng US kung hndi kung anung mayron ang pilipinas na makukuha nila..

  • the two faces of Chinese ancestry in the Philippines…while pnoy is a tough guy for the Chinese, the Filipinos take him as a softie…while the Filipinos take duterte as a toughie, the Chinese take him as a nut easy to crack…the Philippines does not need these kind of peking duck…

  • China is a communist, but they are wealthier now than US, the president like to copy what china did for progress, that’s it for the benefit of the Filipino people, ano Ba ang china dati? Ngaun powerful na sila sa pagiging master trader nila. Ang gusto ng pres is to have ties whoever is beneficial, matagal na tayong ally ng america pero puro puppet ang trato sa mga nakaraang pres. Wake up guys, pag marami katulong sa economic trading mas mabilis ang pag unlad.. Tanggalin na ang colonial mentality sa US. Us nga ngaun malaki ang utang sa china, lahat ng ginagamit ngaun sa buong mundo ay china..

    • eh di pumuntA ka china ikumpara mo dun ang standard of living ng usa at china. tingnan.ko lang kung may fb dun at kung yung kalayaan na tinatamasa mo ngayun makikira mo duon. waf ka masyado dutertard pre. isip isip din.

  • Lorenso tama ka di ba nanalo tayo sa enternational court pero ano ang ginawa ng us nanood ipinarada ang mga high tech na barko hanggang doon lang ni hindi pinaalis ang china kasi takot ang us sa china may utang nga ang us sa china kung totoong ang us ay kaalyado natin dapat in one week you clear the area o di umalis kayo mga chines kundi bobumbahin ko kayo waaaaaalllllllaaaaaaaa eh eh eh kundi ang ginawa ng us binintahan pa tayo ng bulok na gamit pangdepensa hay naku pera pera lang talaga ang alam ng us tignan ninyo ngayon sinong most powerfull presedent of the world si pres , putin ng russia sino pangalawa pres, merkell ng germany pangatlo na lang si obama ng us pera pera lang kasi ang nalalaman ng us

  • #Repost
    #GaryStates #comment @CNNPhilippines
    “”””As an American observer, I would strongly urge him to break ties with the U.S. outside of basic diplomatic relations. The U.S. is primarily interested in involving the Philippines in another colonial game of Risk. You want to rid the Philippines of drugs and prostitution? Keep American military bases far, far away. Once the American military is able to establish bases, they will insist upon selling your government equipment that they cannot afford.
    The Philippines is fortunate in that it does not really have a need for a navy or large standing army. Want to keep it that way? Again, keep out the U.S. military. Unless you too want to be dragged into global wars of conquest, regime change, have your government plunge further into debt and risk increased terrorism blow back, urge Duterte to not align with Washington.
    What does my country primarily export to the world that’s so useful? Pornography, garbage music, mindless sports fanaticism and violence. America is also the world’s largest arms dealer and guess who they’d love to sell to? Obama is not a man to admire. Some of you spineless, weak-willed people complain about drug dealers and addicts being gunned down as if it is so horrible and barbaric. What’s worse? Leaving the drug trade alone to continue to flourish and increasingly ruin your country or to eliminate it by killing the criminals? Duterte isn’t really your problem, it is the long line of leaders you’ve elected who took money to look the other way while it continued.
    So why would Washington be against extra judicial killings that they themselves do routinely? It isn’t the deaths they’re worried about, after all, what do dead Filipinos matter to them? Why is it none of you remember you fought and lost against Washington during the Philippine-American war? They admit to murdering well over a million men, women and children, but other sources place it over 3 million. How come you don’t learn that in your American organized education system? Is it because Washington loves you so much?
    Washington’s involvement in Vietnam came about not because of France’s colonial problems in the region, but because Washington was involved in opium sales. Having communists stand up and try to free themselves from this was a threat as Washington used this money to fund CIA programs to overthrow governments hostile to its political will.
    The British first had control over the opium production and sales in China. The opium wars permitted Britain to solidify control over much of China by using arms to force Chinese into buying and using opium (look it up). America took over this trade from Britain after WWI. Washington decided to protect its drug trade with CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation) by establishing Chenault’s Flying Tigers. They are not heroes, but illegal mercenaries used to protect this trade from Japanese air power that was trying to eliminate it.
    During Vietnam, the drug trade was revived and a new corporation was formed named Air America. They began literally shipping in heroin from Cambodia and Laos. They paid those farmers to grow heroin and gave them rice so they didn’t have to grow it. In the 80’s, the CIA moved to Central & South America because Cocaine products were easier to ship in without an opposing communist government resisting by shooting down planes.
    Drug selling is as American as Apple Pie. Because drugs are so profitable, we have legalized drugs called pharmaceuticals. Some of which still are made from opium.
    In reality, Duterte is seen as an enemy for cutting into this long history and profitable drug trade. His killing of addicts (customers) and dealers (salesman) cuts into the profit margin that is in turn invested in Wall Street and deposited into big transnational banks. Many of our politicians rely on campaign money from Wall Street and these mega banks. Duterte is going to create financial pain for Washington as more nations decide to eliminate drug use by their own war on drugs. You see the problem?
    How many of you can name countries China or Russia have invaded? How many countries do they have drones flying over to launch missiles at people they declare terrorists? Russia and China are building economic ties that do not include using the U.S. Dollar. Russia is openly fighting ISIS while America is well known to have funded and trained the groups that formed ISIS. Do you want to be aligned with all that?
    Those of you who see Duterte’s possible alignment with Russia and China should know that it will likely bring about peace and prosperity down the road. The failed American empire is beyond broke and has a military that can no longer field aircraft that function properly, ships that break down at sea and is initiating hostilities all over the globe in an effort to revive itself through another world war where it can assert control over defeated enemies, as it did after WWII.
    Maybe you don’t like Duterte’s methods, but his actions have a purpose. Instead of crying over dead criminals and drug addicts, maybe you should be concerned over your own future if he fails.

  • Tagal na natin naka allied sa US pero hnd parin tayo lumalakas sa ibat ibang aspeto.. hnd nga tayo tinuturuan ng America about sa advance technology, nauunahan pa tayo ng kapitbahay na bansa magpalakas ng armies.. im sure malaki maitutulong ng Russia satin at hnd tayo basta basta aapihin kapag naka ally tayo sa Russia.. di tulad sa America sobrang baba ng tingin sa mga Pinoys..

  • bold and truthful revelations.. must read

    repost:
    As an American observer, I would strongly urge him to break ties with the U.S. outside of basic diplomatic relations. The U.S. is primarily interested in involving the Philippines in another colonial game of Risk. You want to rid the Philippines of drugs and prostitution? Keep American military bases far, far away. Once the American military is able to establish bases, they will insist upon selling your government equipment that they cannot afford.

    The Philippines is fortunate in that it does not really have a need for a navy or large standing army. Want to keep it that way? Again, keep out the U.S. military. Unless you too want to be dragged into global wars of conquest, regime change, have your government plunge further into debt and risk increased terrorism blow back, urge Duterte to not align with Washington.

    What does my country primarily export to the world that’s so useful? Pornography, garbage music, mindless sports fanaticism and violence. America is also the world’s largest arms dealer and guess who they’d love to sell to? Obama is not a man to admire. Some of you spineless, weak-willed people complain about drug dealers and addicts being gunned down as if it is so horrible and barbaric. What’s worse? Leaving the drug trade alone to continue to flourish and increasingly ruin your country or to eliminate it by killing the criminals? Duterte isn’t really your problem, it is the long line of leaders you’ve elected who took money to look the other way while it continued.

    So why would Washington be against extra judicial killings that they themselves do routinely? It isn’t the deaths they’re worried about, after all, what do dead Filipinos matter to them? Why is it none of you remember you fought and lost against Washington during the Filipino American war? They admit to murdering well over a million men, women and children, but other sources place it over 3 million. How come you don’t learn that in your American organized education system? Is it because Washington loves you so much?

    Washington’s involvement in Vietnam came about not because of France’s colonial problems in the region, but because Washington was involved in opium sales. Having communists stand up and try to free themselves from this was a threat as Washington used this money to fund CIA programs to overthrow governments hostile to its political will.

    The British had control over the opium production and sales in China. The opium wars permitted Britain to solidify control over much of China by using arms to force Chinese into buying and using opium (look it up). America took over this trade from Britain after WWI. Washington decided to protect its drug trade with CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation) by establishing Chenault’s Flying Tigers. They are not heroes, but illegal mercenaries used to protect this trade from Japanese air power that was trying to eliminate it.

    During Vietnam, the drug trade was revived and a new corporation was formed named Air America. They began literally shipping in heroin from Cambodia and Laos. They paid those farmers to grow heroin and gave them rice so they didn’t have to grow it. In the 80’s, the CIA moved to Central & South America because Cocaine products were easier to ship in without an opposing communist government resisting by shooting down planes.

    Drug selling is as American as Apple Pie. Because drugs are so profitable, we have legalized drugs call them pharmaceuticals. Some of which still are made from opium.

    In reality, Duterte is seen as an enemy for cutting into this long history and profitable drug trade. His killing of addicts (customers) and dealers (salesman) cuts into the profit margin that is in turn invested in Wall Street and deposited into big transnational banks. Many of our politicians rely on campaign money from Wall Street and these mega banks. Duterte is going to create financial pain for Washington as more nations decide to eliminate drug use by their own war on drugs. You see the problem?

    How many of you can name countries China or Russia have invaded? How many countries do they have drones flying over to launch missiles at people they declare terrorists? Russia and China are building economic ties that do not include using the U.S. Dollar. Russia is openly fighting ISIS while America is well known to have funded and trained the groups that formed ISIS. Do you want to be aligned with all that?

    Those of you who see Duterte’s possible alignment with Russia and China should know that it will likely bring about peace and prosperity down the road. The failed American empire is beyond broke and has a military that can no longer field aircraft that function properly, ships that break down at sea and is initiating hostilities all over the globe in an effort to revive itself through another world war where it can assert control over defeated enemies, as it did after WWII.

    Maybe you don’t like Duterte’s methods, but his actions have a purpose. Instead of crying over dead criminals and drug addicts, maybe you should be concerned over your own future if he fails. After all, America also has a drug war going on and we aren’t winning it.

  • 1. China is now embracing capitalism and would rather want to have closer ties with the US than with Russia.
    2. There is no good business with Russia (as expected of a communist state). We could only get raw materials from them in trade but it is only useful with the Allies.

    I still don’t know what is Duterte’s game here. The US clearly doesn’t give a fuck since they know our people is HEAVILY dependent on the global market. They are not really alarmed of his shit and would even like to extract their troops on our soil.

  • Fact: nag invest ang US sa kalaban nila ng 20+ billion last year, sa tin 9 billion. Ginagawa tayo uto ng US, EU, CANADa, AUS at UN. Ayaw ni duterte sumali sa away ng US at CHI dahil pag pumili tayo ng side ay sigurado dito mangyayari ang gyera at madami mamamatay. Ngayon madami lalabas na propaganda gaya ng ginawa nila kay gadafi at saddam na ginagawa nila sa syria ngayon. Ang bubuksan ni duterte sa china at russia ay trade/business. Ngayon ginagatungan ng media. I search nyo ginawa ng US sa Libya, Iraq at Syria. Ganun gagawin nila. Malapit na nila tayo bombahin.

  • Kaya ibigay na ang Spratly at Scarborough shoal sa China. Kasi “ayaw ng China sa US sa WPS” dahil di sila makakaporma. Ito den ay inanunsyo ng ating Presidente…

  • may we suggest that we change also our national color into all red; from the looks of it it was pattern after the United States of America. ” oh beautiful . . .for amber waves of sun”. Further along this line let us now sing all Tagalok songs, no more english, and even all our bashings will also be tagalok.

  • …sayang kung may nabubuhay pa na mga bayani o may katulad nila…hindi nila sigurong hahayaan na lang tayong sakupin ng mga intsik…ipaglalaban nila kung anu ang atin…..tsk..tsk..tsk…..mamulat na tayo sa katotohanan?

  • #Repost
    #GaryStates #comment @CNNPhilippines
    “”””As an American observer, I would strongly urge him to break ties with the U.S. outside of basic diplomatic relations. The U.S. is primarily interested in involving the Philippines in another colonial game of Risk. You want to rid the Philippines of drugs and prostitution? Keep American military bases far, far away. Once the American military is able to establish bases, they will insist upon selling your government equipment that they cannot afford.
    The Philippines is fortunate in that it does not really have a need for a navy or large standing army. Want to keep it that way? Again, keep out the U.S. military. Unless you too want to be dragged into global wars of conquest, regime change, have your government plunge further into debt and risk increased terrorism blow back, urge Duterte to not align with Washington.
    What does my country primarily export to the world that’s so useful? Pornography, garbage music, mindless sports fanaticism and violence. America is also the world’s largest arms dealer and guess who they’d love to sell to? Obama is not a man to admire. Some of you spineless, weak-willed people complain about drug dealers and addicts being gunned down as if it is so horrible and barbaric. What’s worse? Leaving the drug trade alone to continue to flourish and increasingly ruin your country or to eliminate it by killing the criminals? Duterte isn’t really your problem, it is the long line of leaders you’ve elected who took money to look the other way while it continued.
    So why would Washington be against extra judicial killings that they themselves do routinely? It isn’t the deaths they’re worried about, after all, what do dead Filipinos matter to them? Why is it none of you remember you fought and lost against Washington during the Philippine-American war? They admit to murdering well over a million men, women and children, but other sources place it over 3 million. How come you don’t learn that in your American organized education system? Is it because Washington loves you so much?
    Washington’s involvement in Vietnam came about not because of France’s colonial problems in the region, but because Washington was involved in opium sales. Having communists stand up and try to free themselves from this was a threat as Washington used this money to fund CIA programs to overthrow governments hostile to its political will.
    The British first had control over the opium production and sales in China. The opium wars permitted Britain to solidify control over much of China by using arms to force Chinese into buying and using opium (look it up). America took over this trade from Britain after WWI. Washington decided to protect its drug trade with CNAC (China National Aviation Corporation) by establishing Chenault’s Flying Tigers. They are not heroes, but illegal mercenaries used to protect this trade from Japanese air power that was trying to eliminate it.
    During Vietnam, the drug trade was revived and a new corporation was formed named Air America. They began literally shipping in heroin from Cambodia and Laos. They paid those farmers to grow heroin and gave them rice so they didn’t have to grow it. In the 80’s, the CIA moved to Central & South America because Cocaine products were easier to ship in without an opposing communist government resisting by shooting down planes.
    Drug selling is as American as Apple Pie. Because drugs are so profitable, we have legalized drugs called pharmaceuticals. Some of which still are made from opium.
    In reality, Duterte is seen as an enemy for cutting into this long history and profitable drug trade. His killing of addicts (customers) and dealers (salesman) cuts into the profit margin that is in turn invested in Wall Street and deposited into big transnational banks. Many of our politicians rely on campaign money from Wall Street and these mega banks. Duterte is going to create financial pain for Washington as more nations decide to eliminate drug use by their own war on drugs. You see the problem?
    How many of you can name countries China or Russia have invaded? How many countries do they have drones flying over to launch missiles at people they declare terrorists? Russia and China are building economic ties that do not include using the U.S. Dollar. Russia is openly fighting ISIS while America is well known to have funded and trained the groups that formed ISIS. Do you want to be aligned with all that?
    Those of you who see Duterte’s possible alignment with Russia and China should know that it will likely bring about peace and prosperity down the road. The failed American empire is beyond broke and has a military that can no longer field aircraft that function properly, ships that break down at sea and is initiating hostilities all over the globe in an effort to revive itself through another world war where it can assert control over defeated enemies, as it did after WWII.
    Maybe you don’t like Duterte’s methods, but his actions have a purpose. Instead of crying over dead criminals and drug addicts, maybe you should be concerned over your own future if he fails.

    • so deep lies…pathetic.. bakit kumalat ang mayayaman n intsik s buong mundo? ksi ayaw nila ang pamumuno ng communist china naiintindihan mo…16 of the 20 riches people in the phils are chinese dito sila yumaman dahilbs kanilang bansa wala kang karapatang yumaman.kahit ganu k kasipag n indibidwal ang pinauunlad mo dun ay ang estado..akala mu b magpapaabot s komunistang china ang 16 richest chinese n yan dito kung sakupin n tyo ng tsina? nungka.. lipad agad mga yan amerika far from their selfish mother china..duterte is not the issue here..the issue is the opposite of your long repost…lahat ng sinasabi s nirepost mo propaganda para komunistang pilipinas.

  • And you can see that Phillippines Allying With China and Russia will bring about prosperity in our nation. look at what happened to those who have pursued this beliefs, North korea, Venezuela,Cuba to name a few.Well if i have to make a choose between two evil, i will choose the lesser one.

  • Mas maganda nga yan pra lahat ng country ay may business tayo..iba ang pagka intindi ng iba..ang gusto ni Tatay digz ay kapayapaan ndi Gera.kc ang amerika gusto Nya sya ang masusunod..dapat my kala kalan tau sa lahat ng panig ng mundo..paanu tau MKA bayad sa utang natin I kinu control tau ng EU at USA paanu tayo uunlad nyan..

  • Mkitid tlaga ang mga icip nyo,cno b ang nkaupo nun admin,100 days plang c digong nging pres,un usapan pnanakop ng China stin mga island dun nyo icici ky panot,puro kau dak2 mga ulol preha lng kau nla delimaw at trililing,gling nyo mg salita wla nman kau nagawa s bayan ayw nyo p mkipg tlongan,mga ulol..

  • Pinaka myabang s lahat ang mga pinoy s buong mundo n ata,mhilig s mga gamit n ang tatak made in USA kmpara s ibng mga bansa,kng gyahin lng ntin ang Japan n tnatangkilik nla ang knilang mga product,cguro asinso dn tau,kso lng wla n cgurong pgbbago hnggang Hindi ntin kyang tumayo s sariling ntin mga paa,khit cno png pres.ang ilagay ntin , wla ng pgbbago.gsto kc ng kramihan stin un easy money,wlng khiraphirap.

  • Sa totoo lang, kahit US takot sa china, alam nyo ba na lahat ng ginagamit ng bawat tao sa MUNDO ay galing china, wala ng orig, kahit mga branded ng us, china ang tatak, malaki din ang utang ng US sa china, gusto lang gayahin ng pres. Ang economic trade ng china, para mabilis ang pag usad ng pinas, trading ally ang gusto nya, hindi war ally,

  • Pgdating s usapan politica hndi n ako bmuboto kc khit cno p jan ang ilagay u puro nkawan ang ngyayari,nkawlang gana bumoto ngppagod lng,pero kkaiba ito c duterte ngaun s nkkita k mganda ang pmmuno nya d tulad ng mga nkaraang nkaupo,ngaun lng tau mgkrun ng pres.maka masa,ang kailangan lng tlaga un suporta ntin lahat pra s mgandang bukas ng pinas.

  • ..China s n Russia s exposure in the US is totalled at $63trillion ..and China s total debt with the US is amounting at $28 Billion..US total investment in China is practically holding them at their neck..think of Trump s dare..when all of this ,he might pull out and bring it all back in the US?. ..now whose afraid with the US?

  • If the Philippines makes the mistake of pandering to China the result will be the complete looting of all Philippine resources and the enslavement of the Philippine people. Just look to Tibet to see what the results of Chinese non-aggressive invasion are. They stripped Tibet of everything of value, make tourists pay China to visit shrines and talk to Holy men, and are destroying Tibetan antiquities and structures for Chinese expansive needs. China has even gone so far as to ban reincarnation there. As if the China government had that power. If the correct path is to be taken, Korea and Japan should be engaged and China held at bay with more law suits and a complete suspension of trade with them until they vacate their invasion and pay restitution for all the damage and looting they have done. The reason China invaded those Philippine Islands is not known to most people, so here is the strategic reason. China controls the Panama Canal. At their whim they can shut down shipping and cut off trade from most of the Americas and Europe. Once they secure the Philippine Islands and finish militarizing them they will be able to cut off trade from the West. So China will be able to control 80% of all shipping in Asia, and invade any country in the region unabated.

  • Hindi nman ibig sabihin nakipag ugnayan tayu sa Russia at China masama na need lang ng Philippines may iba pang allies bukod ang US at Japan ,hindi dapat isipin ng US baliwala na sila sa Philippines gusto lang ng President Rodrigo Roa Duterte hindi lagi tayu umaasa sa ibang bansa magandang ugnayan higit na maganda alam naten ang China binu bully mga fishermen sa Scarborough shoal pero sa magandang usapan magiging ok na ang lahat huwag tayu mag yabang kaya naten ang China.ang dagat ng Philippines ay para sa Filipino pero kailangan maging maayos ang lahat.

  • nature na ng china ang manloko.sa products palang nila pamatay na di sila nakakaramdam ng kahihiyan kahit alam nilang mkakaperwisyo ibebenta nila.sila rin halos ang nagpapasok ng illegal drugs sa atin
    tuso ang mga yan pag ngkataon ipapahamak ni duterte ang buong pilipinas.sana huwag na nyang asahan na ma-convinced pa ntin ang china sa lupa natin.hayss ang china unti unti na tyong pinapatay basta isipin sna ni president delikado mkipagkaibigan sa kanila.

    • The problem is not with China, it is us. We have all the option to buy it or not. Ang problema sa atin basta galing ibang bansa, bili kaagad without thinking. It is a matter of patronizing our own products. mahal ang produkto natin because of quality. Therefore, it’s logical…

  • Kung may nabubuhay pa na mga bayani baka kasama ang Amerika sa isa sa mga bansang nanakop sa atin na dapat tuligsain. Sinakop tayo ng Amerika ng kelan matalo natin ang España ng binili tayo ng mga Kano sa España. Ang sabi higit sa isang milyong filipino ang nasawi sa gyera laban sa mga Amerikano. Di dapat kalimutan natin ung bahagi ng kasaysayan ng bansa natin.

    • Mali ka po Cesar suello. Hindi po natin natalo ang Spain sa digmaan, ng matalo and Spain sa Spain american war nung late 18 century ibinayad ang pilipinas sa.america bilang colony kaya naging colony tyo na america.

    • Hindi po. Ang Spain ay natatalo na ng mga rebolusyonaryo sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Ang Manila ay dapat papasukin na ng mga pwersa ng katipunero. Kaso malakas pang amoy ng mga Amerikano na matatalo na ang Espanya dito. Ang Amerika ay late comer sa liga ng colonizers club eka nga. So nakipagusap ang kinatawan ng Amerika at Espanya na bibilhin nila ang bansa natin. Para di halatang may kasunduan na ang dalawang bansa ginanap nila ang brief mocked naval Battle of Manila Bay na nanalo ang Amerika. Upang di maghinala kinausap ng Amerikanong envoy si Aguinaldo na pinangakong ang pwersa ni Aguinaldo ang papasok sa Manila. Pero naloko pala sila. Naunang pumasok na ang mga Kano. Kaya naagawan tayo ng victory ng mga Kano. Dahil natakot sumuko mga Kastila sa mga rebulusyunaryo baka ma masaker sila ng mga filipino. Kaya nakipag usap ang mga pinunong Kastila sa mga Amerikano at un nga ang naplano nilang gawin ang bilhin na lang ang bansa para di nakakahiya susuko sila sa mga indio at ung mocked naval battle. Nang under na tayo ng Amerika natural mag aalma mga tao kaya tumagal ang giyera laban sa mga Kano. Sbi milyon daw ayun sa mga historian ang mga namatay na filipino kay sa under tayo ng mga Kastila. So may kasalanan mga Kano na hanggang ngaun di pa sila humihingi ng patawad sa atin. Sa mga aklat nila sa paaralan ang turo ay insureksyon daw ginawa ng mga walang utang na loob na mga filipino. Tapos nasa konstitusyon nila ang pinaglalaban nila ang Freedom nila laban sa Englatera tapos sinakop nila tayo pinagkait ang kalayaan natin. Totoo may Spanish-American War at un ay sa Cuba at Puerto Rico. Natalo nga nila mga Kastila dun. Pero ung sa atin tayo ang tumalo sa mga Kastila dito. Bonus na eka nga sa kanila ung kolonya ng Espanya na matatalo na ng mga indio kaya dalidali pumunta ang armada nila dito upang agawin ang victory natin sa mga Kastila. Oportunidad nga nila na magkaroon ng kolonya dito sa parte ng Asya. Kaya naging kolonya tayo at kahit masasabing independente na bansa tayo andyan pa din ang Amerika nanghihimasok sa kalakarang politikal natin.

  • I dont hate america but I think it’s time for the philippines to take a stand. the reason why because our country has nothing to do with these drugs is because of human rights that the government of america implemented and tolerated in our country. for so many years we’ve been struggling and fighting for this cause but nothing happens because they use CHR as their shield. when duterte breaks these rights and other laws that favored them our country is now so far the safest country you can visit. this is not comunism, duterte is just only showing how he loves his country and he vowed to it. no other president can do this things. he might be killed. but if you really want to make our country a progressive, a drug free and corrupt free government you have to risk your life as duterte does. so shut up and let duterte so his job.

    • Icp din po kau ng icocomments….bat pa magwa war on drugs c presidente kung sa nakikipagkaibigan sa China…eh…ilelegal din lang drugs…..para sa akin mas maganda un magkaroon tau ng closer ties sa iba ibang bansa…lalo dito sa mga Asian country ….isa rin taung Asian …nakipag closer ties nga tau doon sa malalayo…gaya ng America…bat nd dito sa kapit bansa natin ?nd naman ibig sabihin n nakipag closer ties tau sa China eh magiging communists n tau

  • Makinig.na.lng kay.Don Lino.tuwing Sat at around 10: a m sa D Z.X L para malaman nyo kung.gaano kalaki ang utang ng China.sa U S.ako sa totoo.lng I dont buy China products dinadala da atin mura bga.peromagkakasakit naman tayo, pag nanalo si Trump tuluyan ng alusin sa mga.Chinesemga.workers. sa Y S.at.ibibigay sa mga U S. Citizen .alisin

  • It will be praised or either badly received and , Of course this will generate negative ratings
    What Pres.Duterte is doing is to play the US off against China and vice versa, to hopefully achieve the greatest benefits for the Philippines,”…….and let’s hope he can continue the curtain game successfully…
    “Have you ever played chess,?……It’s a game of strategy, mostly, they may be weak when the game begins, but their potential is remarkable. Never forget the potential one solitary pawn has to change the entire game.” He is trying to play tricks between China.. Russia and Washington
    THIS is Strategy Execution #27. “Strategy Execution isn’t something other people should worry about while you are doing something far more important”I

  • We have a very important military strategic location, every major country wants us. If we can use this advantage properly we will be the most formidable and rich country than our neighbors.

  • More on negative impact. Especially on economic prospect of our country..those who voted for him who has relatives in the U
    S.will be dissappinted. We need a strong ally and that is USA

  • Instead of making speculations mostly negative why not wait for the official and final announcement of the present administration with regards to our foreign policy, Iam pretty sure that the president cannot and will not do something that will bring us to destruction, enough with those negative opinions,it will not help us,why not pray instead.

  • We commented , because we Filipinos, but the best thing to do is to pray for our president of, that the LORD will guide him for whatever he wants this country is going to be, because GOD is the ONE who makes him president. ” FATHER ALMIGHTY HELP AND GUIDE OUR PRESIDENT INTO MOVES AND DECISIONS HE MAY TAKE TO BRING THIS OUR BELOVED COUNTRY ON YOUR CARE, IN JESUS NAME , AMEN.