The Democrats in the United States have placed in high gear their push to reclaim the White House by drumming up the campaign against what the liberals call as strong leaders of the world, and the best way to do that is to target President Rodrigo Duterte.
Coaxed largely by the Filipino-American groups seeking to oust the President and install a pro-US administration, Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild introduced a bill in the US Congress seeking to suspend American security assistance to the Philippines until supposed reforms in the military and police to end human rights abuses are instituted.
The usual critics were able to swing a similar resolution from their liberal democrat patrons in the European Union Parliament, which incidentally are also the sponsors of leftist fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Wild’s proposal also cited the Anti-Terrorism Act, which the US lawmaker claims is another excuse to launch repressive measures against opposition groups.
Her country, however, has one of the toughest laws against terror acts brought about by the 2001 attack.
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go rightly said the legislative move poses interference, since the law being passed involved another sovereign country.
He called for the US legislator to intently study what appears to be a haphazard move that would affect lives not only of their citizens but the rest of the world.
The President’s men asked Wild and her peers in the Democratic Party how would they react if Philippine legislators enact laws that would tell the Americans how to conduct their business.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the real agenda is too obvious since the chance of its passage is slim.
Roque said the measure would also need the approval of the US Senate for concurrence.
The presidential campaign in the United States is reaching its climax, and the Democrats are pulling all stops in promoting their platform.
A difference of American politics with that of the largely personality-oriented Filipino brand is that its two main parties battle it out for votes in terms of platforms.
The 2016 Philippine elections, however, was an exception as the vow of eradicating crime and drug addiction propelled Mr. Duterte to the presidency.
Similarly, US President Donald Trump’s America First advocacy appealed to many Americans in the elections in the same year, and it still resonates in the runup to the November polls.
Comparisons between both leaders, thus, are always the content of American newspapers, which called Duterte the Trump of the East.
In an indirect way, the opportunistic foes in the United States and locally who are closely linked firmly believe that an attack on Mr. Duterte would ricochet on Trump.
Foolish American politicians don’t realize that their meddling ways put off a greater part of the Filipino population into rallying behind Mr. Duterte.