By: Roy Bersales
THE return of the old good supposed friendship between the Philippines and the United States of America is expected to happen once businessman Donald J. Trump assumed the presidency of the most powerful country in the world.
This prediction was brought up after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte claimed that President-elect Trump expressed support on his anti-illegal campaign despite many people have been killed.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has killed thousands of drug dealers, users, and few drug lords in a legitimate police operations.
However, there were also thousands who have been gunned down by alleged hired killers.
In a telephone conversation, Trump told Duterte that he understands the Philippine government’s bloody war on illegal drug menace.
Duterte earlier said the country has around 4 million drug users.
He expects this will reach to 5 million if the government keeps silent on it like what the previous administration did in the past six years.
Three years ago, there were only 3 million drug users, according to former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director general Dionisio Santiago.
Santiago claimed that he relayed to then President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III that the drug menace in the country was extremely worse.
Aquino did nothing about it.
Aquino instead replaced Santiago.
He named Arturo Cacdac to PDEA’s top position.
In the past few months, the relationship of the Philippines and America was in “crisis” because Duterte launched an aggressive attack on Pres. Barrack Obama and the US.
Duterte said he wanted to end the US intervention on the Philippines.
Since the birth of the Philippines, no President since Emilio Aguinaldo up to Manuel Roxas up to Aquino has severely attacked the US.
This led the Philippine left and progressive movements to conclude that all the Presidents, except Duterte, as “tuta ng kano”, thus, they described each government as US-Marcos regime, US-Aquino regime, US-Ramos regime, US-Estrada regime, US-Macapagal/Arroyo regime, and US-Aquino III regime.
When Trump expressed support to Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drugs war, he did not categorically say that his administration will deliberately interfere in the Philippine affairs.
Duterte, however, made it clear that the US under Trump would not interfere with the affairs of the Philippines.