Goldberg declines to comment on alleged Duterte-Trump similarity
MANILA, Oct 21 (Mabuhay) — US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Friday declined to comment on the alleged similarities between President Rodrigo Duterte and Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Goldberg said that as a diplomat, he is not allowed to comment on such matters.
“I don’t want to compare the two. My diplomatic training doesn’t allow me to comment,” said Goldberg.
Ahead of the May 2016 elections, top American newspapers Washington Post and Los Angeles Times drew comparisons between Duterte and Trump because of the former’s controversial remarks on the rape and death of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill in 1989 inside a Davao jail.
Host John Oliver, in his American satire program “Last Week Tonight,” also branded Duterte as “Trump of the East.”
However, Goldberg said the result of the presidential polls will have no effect on the ties between the Philippines and US.
“On our side, I think whoever gets elected will want to continue the wonderful alliance and relationship we have with the Filipino people, with this country,” he said.
This, despite Duterte’s recent pronouncement during his visit to China that the Philippines is breaking its military and economic ties with US.
Goldberg said this declaration is “inconsistent” with the strong relationship between the two counties for many years and would like to have a constructive talk with the government to clarify the matter. (MNS)