In her United Nations speech recently, the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley turns to the Philippines with regards to the big human rights task. Haley is on the side of President Du30 and the Philippines. She tells the UN General Assembly and international human rights organizations: “The Philippines is suffocating. We must give the Philippine the space to run his nation. We must respect their independence. It is not in our purview to decide administrative issues for the country. “That is the job of the president.”
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Human Rights to Work with the President on Drug War
Haley elaborated: “Destructive forces have never given the Duterte administration enough space to jump-start his programs of government; they did not even afford him the proverbial honeymoon period. Now, they have calibrated their plot to ouster movements and this is just the second year of his presidency.” She called on human rights groups (the UN’s included) to be impartial and not take political sides while dispensing their duties in any particular nation. She asked HR groups in the Philippines to engage in consultations with the Du30 government and shun political stances which may lead to a loss of relevance and credibility for the country.
Goodbye International Liberalism
The biggest boost for the Philippines in the unveiling of Trump’s new foreign policy doctrine will likely lie in its unblushing endorsement and defense of the sovereignty of nations. He espouses not only America’s return to greatness; he recognizes the sovereignty of rival powers like Russia, China, and virtually all nations. And that, of course, includes the Philippines. America under Trump is turning away from the architecture of liberal internationalism that has been dominant in international relations for so many decades, since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Du30’s Strategy is Right
President Du30 was right in steering Philippine foreign policy towards closer relations with China, Russia, the ASEAN, while taking care to forge strong relations with the US. These developments invest added significance to the coming ASEAN leaders’ summit in November, which the country will host and where the US, China, and Russia, and other major nations will be in attendance. The Philippines is destined to become a bigger player in international affairs, commensurate with its size and impressive growth.
US Media Ceases Enthusiasm for Drug War Propaganda
The hope of the opposition that human rights violations or extra-judicial killings (EJKs) will be the way to bring down the Du30 presidency may have received a mortal blow. The enthusiasm of US media for grisly stories about the drug war will fade out. There is now zero chance that the US will interrupt with the regime change in the Philippines. Tindig coalition’s effort is just a waste.