By: Elena Grace Flores
Majority of the Filipinos (except those who are die hard supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte) and the United States Embassy in Manila found the President’s comments against Ambassador Philip Goldberg, calling him gay very “inappropriate and unacceptable.” The US embassy made their stand very clear in a statement. In fact, Philippine charge d’affaires was recently summoned to the US Department of State so Washington officials to explain why it was necessary and how this would affect alliance with America.
“We have seen reports of inappropriate and unacceptable comments made about Ambassador Goldberg, a multi-time ambassador and one of the U.S. Department of State’s most senior diplomats,” the embassy’s statement read.
State department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau earlier this week said that the Philippine official met with officials of the US government over remarks made by Duterte against the senior diplomat.The president cursed at and called Goldberg “bakla” or gay in is military address in Cebu City just to break the ice as his strange humor dictates – but although not apologizing because it is allegedly true anyway and Goldberg was the first to criticize him in the past, Duterte clarified that it should not affect the country’s alliance with the US.
“We shouldn’t let the issue with the US ambassador go out of hand. I will reiterate our strong alliance with America,” Duterte expressed this while visiting a military camp in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
Charge D’Affaires Patrick Chuasoto “has already made the proper explanation to the State department” but did not disclose how but he was reminded that the relationship between the US and the Philippines is based on “shared respect for rule of law” as a fundamental democratic principle. America should also know that most Filipinos do not tolerate the President’s tactless mouth.