Duterte revives old beef against US

Rodrigo Duterte has criticized the United States for alleged lack of word of honor as he recalled anew Washington’s decision in 2016 to halt the planned sale of weapons to Manila due to human rights concerns.

Washington had stopped the sale of some 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police after a US senator expressed opposition given concerns about human rights violations in the Philippines in connection with Duterte’s war on drugs.

Duterte, however, said China and Russia extended military assistance to the Philippines at the height of the Marawi siege in 2017 without asking for anything in return.

“Yan ang sentimyento ko talaga sa [America]. Saka bossy masyado. ‘Yung kanilang sarhento, tinyente kung magsalita akala mo heneral. Hindi ako nakikinig sa kanila. I do not listen to you. Wala kayong word of honor,” he said in a speech before the Filipino community in Tokyo, Japan where he is on a working visit.

Unlike the Americans, Duterte said the Japanese have word of honor. The crowd applauded the President’s remark.

The closest ally of the US in the Asia Pacific is Japan.

Duterte also thanked Japan for its development assistance to the Philippines and for treating Filipino workers with dignity.

“Kung ako sa inyo, you help Japan. Truly, yung in good faith. Sweat it out. Kasi unang-una, they’re kind to us and they provide us with so many things, libre,” he said.

“Japan is a good country, at tsaka ang mga workers natin dito hindi binabastos. You are really treated here as human beings.“

There are about 285,000 Filipinos in Japan, which is the Philippines’ second major trading partner and top provider of official development assistance.