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OBAMA HINTS SUPPORT FOR DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT

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JOKERBY ROGER M. BALANZA

US President Barack Obama has censured an American envoy stationed in the Philippines who gave out a statement that appeared to carry tones of American meddling in the forthcoming 2016 Philippine elections.

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Obama, reports emanating from Washington say, reportedly had summoned Kurt Hoyer to the White House to explain his statement about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte adding color to the Philippine presidential race next year.

Obama also reportedly lectured Hoyer on American policy against commenting on elections in foreign countries.

Hoyer, the First Secretary and Press Attaché of the US Embassy in the Philippines based in Manila, dished out the statement in Davao City on May 11 during a forum as part of the local celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, organized with the participation of the US embassy.

Obama apparently got wind of a report in the Davao City-based news site Durian Post

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OBAMA HINTS SUPPORT FOR DUTERTE FOR PRESIDENT

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US President Barack Obama has censured an American envoy stationed in the Philippines who gave out a statement that appeared to carry tones of American meddling in the forthcoming 2016 Philippine elections.

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Obama, reports emanating from Washington say, reportedly had summoned Kurt Hoyer to the White House to explain his statement about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte adding color to the Philippine presidential race next year.

Obama also reportedly lectured Hoyer on American policy against commenting on elections in foreign countries.

Hoyer, the First Secretary and Press Attaché of the US Embassy in the Philippines based in Manila, dished out the statement in Davao City on May 11 during a forum as part of the local celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, organized with the participation of the US embassy.

Obama apparently got wind of a report in the Davao City-based news site Durian Post which reported on Hoyer’s statement.

h0yer kutAlthough Hoyer told media in a forum that American embassy officials are estopped from commenting on local elections, his statement about Duterte’s entry in the presidential derby being ‘colorful’ may have given vague hints about US support for his presidential bid.

Obama reportedly shared this fear, and told Hoyer to keep his mouth shut when it comes to the Philippine election and Duterte.

Duterte, however, has not yet declared he is running for President.

Duterte has emerged as one of the leading contenders for the presidency, landing third in recent surveys on presidential preference behind Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe.

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But on the side, Obama, even as he censured Hoyer, according to the unconfirmed reports, reportedly appeared to be a Duterte fan.

I read he is the Philippine version of Rudy Giuliani, Obama, who could have read a piece written by Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Mon Tulfo that compared the legendary New York City Mayor to Duterte,  reportedly told Hoyer.

Hoyer was said to have also told Obama that Duterte, known in the past for his anti-American statements, may have a change of heart about the US.

He reportedly told about a report quoting Duterte that if he becomes the President he would lease out Palawan to the US where American troops and warships could be based to tame down China’s incursion into Philippine-claimed islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

The US has warned it would increase presence of its maritime forces in the South China Sea if China continues with its expansionism in the contested area.

Duterte’s statement about American presence in the Philippines if he becomes the President carries pregnant hints about the possibility of the return to the country of US bases, which were closed down in 1992.

A source in Davao City said he heard of the Obama meeting with Hoyer from some members of the American Business Chamber chapter in the city.

Davao City has a large number of Americans, many of them permanently based for business.

The source who begged anonymity said a White House official reportedly called up an American businessman based in Davao City to provide Obama with a dossier on Duterte.

The source refused to speculate on Obama’s interest on Duterte but said it could have something to do with the coming presidential election and Duterte’s bid to capture Malacanang.

But he said that Obama was elated particularly by the erstwhile anti-American mayor’s recent  “friendly comments” about the US and that he would allow US bases in the Philippines if he is elected President. ROGER M. BALANZA

 

‘URINAL DIPLOMACY’ – HIGHLIGHT OF OBAMA 2014 VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES

Press Conference in Malacanang with US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Benigno Aquino, March 28, 2014

DURIAN POST: Mr. Obama, sir, under the newly-signed US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, what will you do if China sends a thousand warships with 10,000 Chinese to the West Philippine Sea to piss on Pinoy territory?

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Obama shatters delusions of many Filipinos

By Ellen T. Tordesillas

U.S. President Barack Obama’s frank answers to the two questions from Filipinos reporters whether the United States will come to the defense of the Philippines in case of an armed conflict with China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea disappointed a lot of Filipinos who expected him to say that the American soldiers who will be coming under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement will be side-by-side Filipinos in blocking China’s expansion in South China Sea. READ MORE

Responsible mining assured by Aquino’s stricter mining rules

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President Aquino at the opening dinner of the Apec Leaders Summit in Honolulu

    President Benigno Aquino III is using iron gloves to force mining companies into adopting responsible mining with stiffer fines for environmental violators.
The President stressed this point in Honolulu, Hawaii where he attended the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting from November 11 to 13 which is hosted by the United States.
Aquino emphasized the need for stricter rules for mining in the Philippines to protect the environment from potential damage as well as the safety of the people.“We are in a period of

MARK WILLIAMS, Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) General Manager, during the Mining Philippines 2011 Conference and Exhibition in Manila, where he assured SMI’s strong commitment to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to bring down mining’s benefits to the host communities.

tightening the rules,” Aquino said during a panel discussion on commodity security for economic growth at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit.
The President cited the increase in fines for mining companies that have committed safety and environmental violations as among the measures that the Philippine government has adopted.
The President cited that the fines for mining safety violations is too small compared to the hundred of millions they earn.
“Versus the profit they make, the fine is such a pittance,” President Aquino said when asked by a moderator how the Aquino administration tightens the rules for mining operations in the Philippines.(PNA)

Palace brands Washington Times editorial as one that “reeks of prejudice”


MANILA, July 27 (PNA) — Malacanang on Monday decried the Washington Times editorial which claimed that United States President Barack Obama’s invitation to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Washington on July 30 is a “mistake”.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo branded such report as one that “reeks of prejudice.”

“It is irresponsible journalism,” Fajardo said, pointing out that its editorial–commentary managing editor is none other than Brett Decker, the author of Congressman Jose De Venecia’s fictional biography.

Titled “Obama sanitizing Arroyo stink”, the Washington Times editorial dated July 26 stated that the choice of President Arroyo as the first Southeast Asian leader to be invited by Obama was a mistake because the US President is being “used to give political cover for the President’s troubles back home.”

The editorial cited President Arroyo’s alleged “precarious domestic political position, corruption, human rights abuses, and machinations to cling to power” as reasons why it considered Obama’s meeting a mistake.

Fajardo said the President’s meeting with Obama serves only to validate, affirm and strengthen the strong alliance of the Philippines and United States and joint efforts to secure a brighter future for the two countries.

“The Philippines and the United States have a shared history and future, founded on a common vision of democracy and progress,” she said.

The Chief Executive was called by Obama to re-affirm his commitment to the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and to commend her about her administration’s efforts at countering terrorism.

This was revealed by the US Office of the Press Secretary in a White House website press statement “for immediate release” dated March 13 (March 14 in the Philippines).

“They reaffirmed their commitment to the long-standing U.S.-Philippines alliance, including the Visiting Forces Agreement, which remains critical to the bilateral relationship and our strategic interests,” the statement said.

The US President, likewise, commended President Arroyo on her country’s efforts in countering terrorism and modernizing the armed forces.

“The two leaders discussed the need to work closely together on the global economic crisis as well as on other areas of common concern, including climate change, education, and interfaith dialogue,” the statement further said. (PNA)