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6 AH-64E versus 6 AH-1Z competition in Philippines brews with US sale approval

The US will always be the Philippines' closest ang strongest ally no matter what traitor Duterte do.
 

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What can I say he's the national traitor...:smash:
It's funny, when Duterte first came up, I though finally PH will stand up to China and get rid of the crime and corruption to become the leading ASEAN economy. Instead, he turned out to be the biggest China bootlicker of all, and possibly mentally unstable.
 

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Philippines keeps Visiting Forces Agreement with US


Chinese agent Duterte cannot stand popular ordinary Filipinos, Philippine military and US government pressure to keep the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), allowing US Forces to operate from Philippine military bases all over the Philippines.
 

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Philippines keeps Visiting Forces Agreement with US


Chinese agent Duterte cannot stand popular ordinary Filipinos, Philippine military and US government pressure to keep the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), allowing US Forces to operate from Philippine military bases all over the Philippines.
This is something I find confusing about duterte and his popularity.

Some call him right wing demagogue but he calls himself socialist or leftist.

His policies canbe described as populist but the Philippine people are averse to Chinese hegemony ehuc didn't reflect in his foreign policy for a few years

So what is he really?

Is he some anti American pro china nationalist?
Or did he just flirt with china to see how far he can go?
 

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This is something I find confusing about duterte and his popularity.

Some call him right wing demagogue but he calls himself socialist or leftist.

His policies canbe described as populist but the Philippine people are averse to Chinese hegemony ehuc didn't reflect in his foreign policy for a few years

So what is he really?

Is he some anti American pro china nationalist?
Or did he just flirt with china to see how far he can go?

He's not complicated, he's very simple. He has no ideology. All he does, the populist policies he champions and his foreign policy (I have never seen a Philippine President more incompetent on foreign affairs) is dictated by 1 consideration - staying in power.

He is pro-China because China made his Presidency possible via cash, intelligence and sophisticated disinformation campaign of the CCP.
 

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He's not complicated, he's very simple. He has no ideology. All he does, the populist policies he champions and his foreign policy (I have never seen a Philippine President more incompetent on foreign affairs) is dictated by 1 consideration - staying in power.

He is pro-China because China made his Presidency possible via cash, intelligence and sophisticated disinformation campaign of the CCP.
And what according to you, made him go back to US camp?

Anti china sentiment among Philippine people or American lobbying?
 

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And what according to you, made him go back to US camp?

Anti china sentiment among Philippine people or American lobbying?

Because of fear of or need for potential favor from the 2 parties pressuring him against China, namely:

1. Philippine military - which is staunchly anti-China, like the rest of the country. In fact, the Philippine military has defied Duterte's position in SCS many times by sending warships to patrol the disputed areas despite Duterte's absurd pro-China pronouncements that the Philippine government has already lost possession of these disputed territories to China (an obvious effort to provide legal cover to China's claims that the UNCLOS tribunal has effectively dismissed in favor of the Philippines); and,

2. US government - he is likely asking for protection from possible post-presidency prosecution/arrest by the ICC, because the Philippine Constitution only allows the President 1 term and after his term Duterte will lose immunity. He has even asked his daughter to run for President after his term expires as a continuing leverage on the US.
 

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