In an interview with EIR Asia expert Mike Billington, Virginia State Senator Richard Black stated that Americans should not intervene on Philippine government's war on drugs and respect the Filipino culture.
The senator cited that President Duterte was once a mayor in a lawless city and he was ruthless to criminals, therefore he brought law and order into the city.
"The people of the Philippines elected Duterte by a tremendous margin since they wanted law and order, and he gave it to them. They have chosen a very strong ruler," he said.
He also mentioned that the United States also had a war on drugs, but it was quickly undermined by state politicians and now the drug problems is wide open.
In dealings with drugs, the US should get inspiration from the Philippines, where the president viewed it as a war and not just a police action, as their situation in drug trade is getting worse.In the recent declaration of Duterte to separate PH from the US, Black said that US is to blame as the government should have dealt with Philippines in a more sensitive fashion.
He pointed out that the Chinese offered assistance, while the United States offered condemnation.
"It would be a shame to lose our alliance with the Philippines," the senator stressed.
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