“America is not the Philippines and the Philippines is not America. It ain’t that way anymore, and I refuse to dovetail under American foreign policy,” Duterte proclaimed in a candid interview with RT.
Although Washington – which acquired the Philippines from Spain for just $20 million in the late 19th century – had “lived off the fat of the land,” their attitudes haven’t seemed to change over time, he claimed.
The US “looks at us as a vassal state because we were under Americans for 50 years.”
Frustrated by US conduct, Manila has set its sights on Russia and China, which “respect the sovereignty of the Philippines [where] America is totally lacking.”
”So if I cannot get a credible posture from the Americans, I can get if from the Russians and the Chinese government.”
“I’m sure Russia could come here and look for valuable business,” Duterte reiterated in the interview.
Duterte was speaking just as the relationship between the Philippines and the US hit a new low. Recently, US senators adopted sanctions against Manila for the incarceration of former justice minister Leila de Lima – a known critic of Duterte’s crackdown on drugs.