President Duterte, Trump: Great minds think alike

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Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar highlighted some of the “similarities” between President Duterte and new American President Donald Trump, whom he said had hit it off almost immediately after their first telephone conversation last year.

Andanar and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. attended the inauguration of United States President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

“So it was very comforting to hear and to listen to the speech of President Donald Trump, na halos magkakaparehas po ng paniniwala sa speech po ng ating Pangulong Duterte. And siguro if you go by it, it looks like talagang magkakasundo ang ating Pangulo at si Pangulong Donald Trump. At binanggit naman ni Presidente Duterte iyan noong una silang nag-usap noong Disyembre,” Andanar said.

He said the experience was good and while Trump’s speech took only 16 minutes, it highlighted his policies and beliefs, which is similar to what Duterte is already implementing or believes in.

He said Trump promised that the US would not meddle with the policies and internal affairs of the countries, talked of his belief in protectionism for the US, and encouraged other nations to serve the interests of their own people first.

"He looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law," Andanar said.

Andanar said this is similar to Duterte’s own advocacy for an independent foreign policy for the Philippines and to serve the interests of the Filipinos first. He said Duterte and Trump also shared the same belief in the need to end illegal drugs.

The President, who had been critical of the US and other international bodies like the United Nations for lashing at the Philippines’ anti-drug drive, had also repeatedly called on other countries to refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of other sovereign nations.

Source: Politiko

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