Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Japanese diplomat expresses confidence in Duterte

globalnation.inquirer.net; see "Duterte on being likened to Trump: ‘That son of whore!’," newsinfo.inquirer

Image from article, with caption: Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte may have rattled some international nerves with his provocative foreign policy declarations, but at least one top diplomat here thinks Filipinos ought to believe in him more.
“We need to have faith in Mr. Duterte,” said Masato Otaka, deputy press secretary and deputy director general for press and public diplomacy of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Otaka said the firebrand Davao City mayor, who in the course of his campaign had threatened to cut ties with the United States and Australia and to ride a jet ski and plant a Philippine flag in the disputed Spratly islands, would eventually learn the careful and measured language of diplomacy.

additional image from

No comments: