Activists wary of Trump-Duterte relationship, US interest in the Philippines

SAN FRANCISCO — The activists cite that ever since the visit of President Donald Trump to the Philippines in November, it has emboldened President Rodrigo Duterte to become ever more hardline on the war on drugs and his counter insurgency program.

For these Fil-Ams and their advocates, it means Trump is securing US interests in the region.


“I do think there is a risk especially with the US imperialism and militarism that our president here is supporting the fascism that’s happening over there. They want all of this to come from the top down,” said Rev. Sadie Stone.

Activists cite Trump’s own words back in November to how he feels about the Philippines.

“And now we have a very, very strong relationship with the Philippines, which is really important — less so for trade, in this case, than for military purposes. It’s called the most prime piece of real estate from a military standpoint.”

To which recently, Trump doesn’t seem to let up on those plans.


“His State of the Union address recently actually underscores that he intends to dominate the world with US military in order to push through new-liberal economic agenda and it looks like duterte is falling in line with that,” said Rhonda Ramiro, Bayan USA.

These activists also point out how Duterte — who was critical to former President Barack Obama — is developing a positive partnership with president Trump.

“It looks like Duterte was lashing out at Obama for criticizing the war on drugs, for criticizing human rights. And now that Trump is praising him obviously he likes that. He wants that praise.”


With the recent White House invitation to Duterte, activists say Duterte can expect the same protest-filled greeting that Trump had in the Philippines.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    10 February 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Fil-Ams out on the streets of New York chanting activism is not a crime? Well, according to Jose Maria Sison (CPP-NPA Founder), the legal (?) forefront of the CPP-NPA are the bayan muna or bayan-usa, gabriela, anakbayan-anakpawis, etc… and the list goes on… Weather you read between the lines, any right minded Fil-Ams would “catch” that there partylist puppets are paranoid of their own shadow… of course, they have to attack the Duterte-Trump relationship… But you know that the these activist groups in the Philippines or abroad have done nothing to help the country but stirring the bucket for their own failed liberal left wing or far left wing-radical agendas and it is not working…