Binanatan na naman! Duterte doesn’t deserve to visit the White House— New York Times
The New York Times has published another scathing editorial on President Rodrigo Duterte on the heels of United States President Donald Trump’s invitation for him to visit the White House.
In its May 2 editorial titled “Donald Trump Embraces Another Despot,” the Times said Duterte “is neither a democratic leader nor a worthy ally.”
To prove its point, the paper pointed to allegations that Duterte allowed death squads to kill petty criminals and political enemies when he was mayor of Davao City.
The Times also criticized his war on drugs, which it said gave “free license to the police and vigilantes” to kill.
Add to Duterte’s unconventional actions his cursing of former President Barack Obama and threats to abandon the country’s long-standing alliance with the US and the paper said: “This is obviously not a man who should be welcomed to the White House.”
While critical of Duterte, the Times was likewise unforgiving of Trump, saying there are no indications he consulted with the State Department before inviting the Philippine President to the White House in a phone conversation on April 29.
The paper also slammed Trump for his own “authoritarian tendencies and his fondness for strongman leaders who, like him, chafe ar governmental checks and balances, including the courts.”
“Mr. Trump reportedly admires Mr. Duterte’s aggressive rhetoric about fighting the Islamic State and cracking down on drugs,” the Times said.
Duterte said he is uncertain if he will be able to accept Trump’s invitation to visit the White House since he has a full schedule this year, with trips scheduled to Russia and Israel, among other countries.