Trump has a lot to learn from Duterte on taming media

Oftentimes, when we read or watch on TV news about what’s happening in Donald Trump’s United States of America, you can easily find similarities in the Philippines. It’s because Trump and the Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte have many things in common: their contempt for the rule of law, their low regard of women, and their antagonism […]

July 24, 2017  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Media  2 Comments

The invitation to the White House that never was

President Duterte must be euphoric after the seven-minute phone conversation with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Friday night, he thought the latter invited him to visit the United States. The Presidential Communication Office released the following notes by the President of his conversation with Trump: “The President-elect Trump wishes the, to extend his warmest regards to […]

December 4, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  14 Comments

Trump, Duterte share stance on key US-Asia issues

By CHARMAINE DEOGRACIAS VERA Files IF newly elected US President Donald Trump makes good his campaign threat to pull the United States out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), he might also pull the plug on the its Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the Philippines. Trump has called the international security alliance “obsolete,” saying […]

November 15, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  2 Comments