By: Elena Grace Flores
Perhaps the Filipinos have accepted by now that they have elected a president who cannot put his head over his mouth – but other countries like long-time ally, the United States is getting mixed signals. This is why Philippines’ charge d’affaires in Washington was summoned by the US Department of State to discuss the overall scenario of Philippine-US relations.
“We confirm that d Chargé d’Affaires of our Embassy in Washington DC was invited to the State Department to discuss the entire breadth of ph-us relations,” DFA Spokesman Charles Jose disclosed in a statement. “We cannot, however, discuss details of the conversion. What I can tell you is that PH-US relations remain strong,” he continued.
Elizabeth Trudeau, the director of the State Department press office, revealed beforehand that the department had summoned Filipino charge d’affaires Patrick Chuasoto to let him explain the “inappropriate feedback” heard from President Duterte recently.
The president had called Goldberg “bakla” which is a Filipino term for “gay” when he criticized Duterte’s remarks on the rape of an Australian missionary in 1989 during one of his campaign speeches.
However, contrary to his foul words, Duterte stressed the importance of the Philippines’ alliance with the US as expressed to US State Secretary John Kerry on July 27 , during his visit in the country. Duterte and Goldberg last met again during that courtesy call to Malacañang with Kerry.