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Trump says he liked Duterte ‘very much’, pours in $101 M


By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said President Duterte has earned the trust of United States  (US) President Donald Trump after the White House announced it was pouring in $101.3 million (about P5.1 billion) to support the initiatives of the Duterte administration.

In a statement issued Wednesday upon Trump’s return, the White House said the US government pledged the amount to support the rehabilitation of Marawi City, the country’s counter-terrorism efforts, and the administration’s drug war.

According to the White House statement, of the $101.3 million, $14.3 million (P750 million) will be for the rehabilitation of Marawi City; $85 million for counter terrorism-related equipments, training and support for the Armed Forces; and $2 million (roughly P101 million) to support the administration’s drug war.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said it would have been better if Trump made the announcement during his three-day stay in the country so President Duterte could have shown the country’s appreciation immediately.

“I wish President Trump had said that during their bilateral meeting so President Duterte would be happier,” Roque added during yesterday’s Palace briefing.

The President held a bilateral meeting with Trump Monday on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Pasay City.

Support drug campaign

Malacañang said Trump did not bring up the issue of human rights violations in relation to the country’s campaign against illegal drugs as Duterte discussed at length his drug campaign with his US counterpart.

“That proves without doubt that the US President supports the war on drugs. Why would he otherwise give $2 million to this cause if he thinks it’s not being implemented correctly?” Roque he added.

But the financial support does not sit well with opposition members of Congress.

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tiniowarned that the financial help will violate US federal laws citing Paragraph 2151n of Title 22, Chapter 32 of the United States Code which prohibits the grant of assistance to “the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.”

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate also warned that the Philippines should brace for more human rights violations as soon as the US money starts pouring in.

Great time

It was evident that Duterte and Trump bonded well the second time they met at the ASEAN Summit (the first was during the APEC in Vietnam) even calling Duterte by his first name during the ASEAN-US Commemorative Summit Monday.

Before Trump left the country, he told Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to relay to the President that he enjoyed his stay in the Philippines and that he liked his Filipino counterpart.

“Thank you very much, I had a great time and tell Rodrigo I like him very much,”Medialdea quoted Trump as saying before boarding Air Force One Tuesday.

Roque had earlier said the two leaders seemed to enjoy each other’s company with a common dislike for Trump’s predecessor.

“There were indeed sour points due to the comments made by former US President Obama. President Trump addressed this by assuring that he is a friend of the Duterte administration since he won the US elections,” Roque had said. (With a report from Ben R. Rosario)

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  • mkstruct

    The leftist are using human right as shield for their anarchist activities. To be mindful, what are these leftist organization did for the progress of the Philippines? A good citizens of a country is to help for the economic progress by cooperation in presenting good image of the Philippines and not to destroy it. The social ills of the Philippines are these so called left leaning groups. They are destructive in nature. They burned heavy equipment’s doing government projects. Actually what they preached to media and public is the opposite of their actions. These people are bane of Philippine society for progress. They are destructive in nature.

  • Reden Macayan Pajara

    This just means that the US government as a whole does not believe that there is a gross violation of human rights in the drug war. Mga kumunista diyan, maghanda na kayo dahil ang susunod na bibilhin ng AFP kontra terrorism ay ang mga hi-tech na kagamitan kagaya ng thermal imaging which will exactly pinpoint your location…

  • Jan Rune

    Opposition is there for check and balance, but what they are doing is total bs. All they can think of is human rights for criminals including terrorists. They are not doing their job.

    • Clara De Luca

      You bet…

  • Tony Navarro

    I suppose one could say that Mr. Trump is a real charmer. He managed to get Mr. Duterte to perform for him after all.

  • Pope Rommell

    ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, hwag naman sanang basta maka-puna lang eh kahit na mahanapan pa ng butas ng mga mambabatas sa US na anti-Trump ang paglaan ng US fund sa Marawi rehabilitation eh ok lang?

    Hindi ba pwedeng tingnan mo ito na pagkakataon na kung makakakuha ng funding ang Pilipinas sa US for Marawi eh mas makakabuti sa newly enacted law na free education sa kolehiyo sa lahat ng state universities sa Pilipinas dahil yung ibang fund eh pwede nang ipang-pondo doon at hindi na kailangan pang mailagay sa Marawi rehabilitation? Teacher representative ka pa naman so dapat mas matalas ang attention mo to ensure na magkakatotoo ang education for all program ng gobyerno kaysa pagtuunan mo ng panahon ang paghahanap ng paraan para sa mga Amerikano na hwag tayong mabigyan ng kanilang fund assistance para sa Marawi?

    Makapuna ka lang kahit sa ikasasama ng benepisyo ng mga Pilipino eh ok lang sayo? Hwag naman ganun. Kung magkakaroon ng benepisyo ang mga Pilipino eh pwede namang tikom muna ang bibig kung hindi mo talaga ma-take na mag-appreciate.

    Ngayon kung ang tiyak na makikinabang lang eh yung mga elitista o mga pamilya ng politiko eh dun ka na mag ngangawa para di mabigyan ng pondo ang isang programa.

  • emomarcelo

    The left is still demonizing any country that will help the people. Josef Stalin is dead, but they still believe his Gulag actions were the best to curb dissent.

  • angrycitizen

    The leftists and opposition groups are clearly trying to destroy the country and undermine every positive news there is. We should get rid of them.

  • curatolo

    If the US will continue to support this administration, then D30 play of getting closer to China and Russia is working.

    • baldogtondo

      ivanah trump did not come here as expected by the kabit of duterte bobo.

  • Relatos Rene

    Well done…very good job pd30& Mr.Trump….yellowfever inggit na naman