Who needs to go the White House? Not President Rodrgio Duterte regardless of getting a standing invitation from American President Donald Trump.
“Wala pong plano si Pangulong Duterte na pumuntang Amerika. As a matter of fact, eh abala po si Presidente sa Pilipinas para harapin itong napakaraming issues, problema lalo na itong problema natin sa Maute/ISIS leaning group,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar stated in a tv interview.
The Palace official stated Duterte didn’t give a selected cause why he doesn’t plan to visit America regardless of an invite from President Donald Trump.
“Wala namang sinabi si Pangulong Duterte sa amin kung anong dahilan kung bakit wala siyang planong pumunta ng Amerika,” Andanar stated.
Andanar was reacting to an announcement made by an American lawmaker who stated Duterte can be besieged by protests from human rights advocates as soon as he units foot within the United States
“It was a mistake for our current administration in the United States to extend an invitation to President Duterte here,” stated US Massachusetts consultant James McGovern at a listening to of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
McGovern, who co-chairs the fee, stated “that a man with the human rights record of Mr. Duterte should not be invited to the White House,” including that he would personally lead the protest if the Philippine president goes there.
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bi-partisan caucus within the US House of Representatives, is presently investigating the “human rights consequences” of the Philippines’ conflict towards unlawful medicine.
In a Palace briefing Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated that it will if Duterte’s critics helped hear to each side of the story.
“At the end, the real judge of the situation would be the people, and who have given him (Duterte) overwhelming support and overwhelming approval. And so, we trust that the people understand that they are really getting the better side of this deal,” Abella stated.
“Again, it’s important that they check out their facts and figures. It’s important that they listen to both sides, and especially to the people on the ground. The people show overwhelming support and appreciation,” Abella stated. (Cielito M. Reganit/PNA)