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Duterte effect? Clinton worried over rising nationalism in PH

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Bill Clinton mentions the Philippines in speech on rising nationalism

Former US President Bill Clinton has warned against rising nationalism in different parts of the globe–including the Philippines, which last year installed flag-waver Rodrigo Duterte as president.

He made the warning during a speech at the launch of the biography of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner who was assassinated in 1995.

“In the microcosm of the Middle East he prefigured the battle that is now raging across the world, that you see in America, you see in the Brexit vote, you see in the Philippine election, you see in the debates being held in the Netherlands and France, all over, where people who claim to want the nation state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalise separatism and division within national borders all over the world,” The Guardian, in an article published online on March 10, quoted Clinton as saying.

Rabin “believed in the end we’d be better off sharing the future, he said.

According to the article, it was Clinton’s first public appearance since the November 2016 presidential election where former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his wife, lost to current US President Donald Trump.