Cayetano: US-PH ties are “normalized” despite strains under Duterte administration

We begin with the Duterte administration expressing renewed confidence when it comes to US – Philippine ties.

Philippine foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who addressed the Fil-Am community at the Philippine embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday said.

Bilateral ties between the longtime allies have normalized after the strain caused by criticism of president Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war and his decision to pivot towards China.

“I could feel the enthusiasm. In all these meetings, we’ve all noted that the trajectory of our relationship is now going up,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano says people behind President Duterte and people behind President Donald Trump are keeping in touch, reiterating that both leaders admire each other and the way they lead their respective countries.

Trump is scheduled to attend the 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that’s being hosted by the Philippines from November 13 to 15.

This year also marks ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, and Trump is expected to take an active part in the event.

 

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