- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said he is not keen on sending a PH envoy to the US
- Since Duterte assumed office on June 30 last year, the Philippines had a rocky relationship with the US
- Duterte has repeatedly criticized the US government for supposedly meddling with his crackdown on illegal drugs
“In the US, we have no ambassador. No ambassador will go there. Until now, we do not have an ambassador in the United States. I don’t feel like sending one.”
This was disclosed by President Rodrigo Duterte; noting that he is not yet keen in appointing a Philippine envoy to the US as he assailed Washington anew for supposedly pitting the Philippines against China, an article written by Alexis Romero on Philippine Star stated.
Initially, protocols chief Ambassador Marciano Paynor was considered as Philippine ambassador to the US but his appointment did not push through as he was tasked to help in the preparations for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meet.
As such, Duterte then named The STAR columnist Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez for the post but the latter declined the offer due to health reasons.
Over the past months since Duterte assumed office on June 30 last year, the Philippines had a rocky relationship with the US.
The Chief Executive has repeatedly criticized the US government for supposedly meddling with his crackdown on illegal drugs and for supposedly embarrassing him before the international community; further claiming that the US is using the Philippines in its proxy war against China.
“I went to China now you keep on pushing us assert assert assert. It creates a friction… (tell them) get out, dismantle or I’ll come there with my Coast Guard and Navy,” Duterte was quoted saying.
“You go out picking fights. What do you think will happen to this country? It’s a massacre,” the President added.
In addition, the highest official of the nation said that while he wants to boost ties with China, he will eventually bring up the arbitral ruling on the South China Sea maritime dispute that favored the Philippines.
“There will be a time during my term when we will have to talk about the arbitral judgment,” he said; citing that now that the two countries ties are improving there is no need to go to war.