It is bad enough that the country’s relationship with the US is being put to test because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s posturing in embarking an independent foreign policy after the American leadership criticized the latter’s bloody war on illegal drugs which in some cases have resulted and perceived to be extra-judicial killings already.
Duterte has not minced words about his animosities against the US which only got worse after the country’s long time ally started putting him in bad light and blaming him for sanctioning human rights violation.
It is no wonder, therefore, that even in Duterte’s foreign visit he would unleash a blistering rhetoric against the US if only to show his displeasure.
It may be alarming to Filipinos abroad, especially in the US, about Duterte’s seeming expression of arrogance and demagoguery, but arrogance and demagoguery it is not.
The truth is that Duterte simply wants a new direction for the country where he could be able to improve the lives of Filipinos, especially the poor, after years and years of bungling and ineffectual leadership.
What makes Duterte different from past leaders is his unique style of leadership that may be forceful and abrasive charged with political will that make things done and this is why he has maintained his popularity and trust ratings high in the country. Most Filipinos approve what he is doing and the difference in his leadership is felt all over the archipelago.
What I am just saying is that if the Filipinos are not denouncing and revolting, but instead are praising and complimenting Duterte for his war on drugs, criminality and corruption, then why shouldn’t developed counties, like the US, encourage and help the Philippine government instead in pursuing what is best for us so we could grow and develop faster?
If China, Japan and other Asian countries are willing to help us all the way, why can’t the US?
It was reported that the procurement is important for the PNP because some cops on the ground have been using defective and outdated guns.
This move by a member of the US Senate is not helping at all mend the falling out US-PH relationship.
On the contrary this will only add up to the pique and fiery rhetoric of Duterte in the days to come against the US which will only make the situation go from bad to worse.
Not that the Philippines is worried that it could no longer avail of the Sig Sauer M4 assault rifles, but, hell, there must be some comparable high quality assault rifles from some other countries that we can get them from.