By: Elena Grace FloresOn Duterte’s US separation, Senator Richard Gordon said; “I don’t agree with that. I think the President is wrong on that matter.” Mind his actions, not his hurtful words; he added. He’s different. He is probably just expressing disappointments but not necessarily the policy of the country. The senate has to decide on it as the constitution dictates. Maybe just balancing. On the other hand, the Americans are confused why Duterte has to cut ties when he can be friends with both countries?
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[VIDEO]: The Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, announces his ‘separation’ from the US as he aligns himself with China and Russia. . Report by Lydia Batham.
US Congress Delegation
The US Congress visited Gordon’s office to seek clarification of the Duterte administration’s policies. “They are concerned with the policy. I told them not to worry and look at acts not the words,” he said.“This one is different. He is venting hurt feelings, but that doesn’t mean that’s policy,” Gordon assured the delegation.
Gordon is against US Separation
When asked about Duterte’s US separation, Gordon said; “I don’t agree with that. I think the President is wrong on that matter,”
“You don’t have to leave your old friends that have been reliable—and not be totally reliable just because you want to get a few things. That’s shortsightedness,” he explained.
Not afraid to Disagree
Gordon is one of the very few politicians who criticizes the Philippine President when his moves and display of character are wrong. He listens to explanations. Just don’t provoke him. As a friend, not an ally, and tell him, ‘boss, don’t get upset, but if you do we can’t do anything, but what you’re doing is wrong;’ the senator revealed.
America failed the Philippines
Duterte made a significant remark by saying; “I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to President Vladimir Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world – China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way. With that, in this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte announced this during his state visit in China.
China and the Philippines are Brothers
Xi told Duterte that China and the Philippines were brothers and they could “appropriately handle disputes”. He hinted on the South China Sea problem. “I hope we can follow the wishes of the people and use this visit as an opportunity to push China-Philippines relations back on a friendly footing and fully improve things,” Xi added.
South China Sea Issue
“The two sides agreed that they will do what they agreed five years ago, that is to pursue bilateral dialogue and consultation in seeking a proper settlement of the South China Sea issue,” Liu said.