by Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte assailed the US State Department for making gay rights, particularly same sex marriage, a criteria for its foreign aid allocations.
The President criticized that the US imposition of gay rights agenda on foreign nations was “convoluted”.
Such US foreign policy has been initiated by then President Barack Obama whom Duterte has strongly rebuked for forcing his views on sovereign nations.
“They went around the world, State Department offering assistance to countries which would allow same sex marriage,” Duterte told a gathering of newly sworn in government officials in Malacañang last Thursday.
“They went to Liberia, offered assistance if you want it, we’ll give you the aid but allow same sex marriage. Because in that State Department, it is convoluted. Why? Because it is multi-racial and that will destroy the country one day,” he added.
Duterte argued that the Philippines and other foreign nations have different views and policies that must be respected.
Citing an example, Duterte said he could not allow same sex marriage in the country because it is against the law.
“Whatever makes a human being happy, sa kanya iyan. Pero tayo may batas eh,” he said.