Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte’s belief, former President Benigno Aquino III believes it will be more prudent for the Philippines to maintain a close relationship with the United States than a country which it doesn’t share a common view with.
In an interview with GMA News Friday (Oct. 28), Aquino said: “Importante na meron kayong common background, common values, may common orientation. Paano tayo magiging partner kung hindi pareho yung ating pananaw?”
“Sa sistemang umiiral sa bansang Estados Unidos… maraming pinagkapareho so kung tutuusin baka mas madaling katrabaho ang isang bansa na marami tayong kapareho as opposed doon sa maraming hindi parehas,” he added.
Aquino made the remarks after visiting the Thai Embassy to sign the Book of Condolences for the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The Philippines’ ties with the US has become strained since Duterte took office, with the President lambasting the American government over its concern on his administration’s war against drugs and its threats to pull out aid for Filipinos if he doesn’t tone down his harsh rhetoric.
While distancing himself from the US, Duterte has expressed his desire to forge closer ties with China and Russia as part of his pursuit of an independent foreign policy.