Clinton trumped Trump in debate, say Filipino analysts

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2016 03:23 PM | Updated as of Sep 27 2016 04:35 PM

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

The Philippines' former ambassador to Washington on Tuesday said Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did a better job than her rival Republican candidate Donald Trump in their first debate.

Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr., believes Clinton "landed more jabs" as she showed her knowledge on job security and tax rates, as well as security issues.

"In my view, Donald Trump was less specific, he was using a lot of generalizations. He was asked specifically ‘how will you bring back the jobs that were lost’—he tried to avoid that question because he did not have any specific to say," he told ANC.

"Hillary was specific in a lot of the issues that were covered," he added.

A former presidential adviser, Apolinario Lozada Jr., meanwhile, asserted that Clinton was "the runaway winner" had there been a scoreboard keeping tabs on the two.

"She did really prepare for it, and she has enumerated all the things that the world is really watching—what will be the American leadership after the November elections," he said.

Personally, Lozada added, he is more interested on how the next US administration would relate to its allies and Clinton provided some answers on this. 

"Hillary enumerated a lot of things that we really should study very carefully and see how we can improve our ties and relations with the United States, not only in trade and commerce but as well as the security and social and cultural aspects," he said.

Cuisia also lauded Clinton's assurance of America's iron-clad commitment to honor its mutual defense treaties with allies, including the Philippines.

"That’s very important to us, particularly in the present circumstances we’re in, where we have this maritime security [problem] with our northern neighbor, China, and I think it’s very important for the Philippines to get that assurance from our ally, the United States," he said.

He also voiced reservations on Trump's stance on America's role in policing global security.

"What Donald Trump said that the US cannot be the policeman of the world, I think is quite troubling because it is the US that has the capacity to ensure the peace and stability of the region," he said.

"The economic prosperity of the region has been possible because of the peace and stability that we have enjoyed for many decades," he added.

Lozada and Cuisia agreed that the Philippines should ensure balanced relations with all countries as it pursues an "independent foreign policy," but Lozada emphasized that the Philippines will have to mind what it says because words matter in the scheme of foreign relations.

"Words really matter, words are policies, words dictate what would be the kind of relations that will build on in the relationship or the partnership between two countries," Lozada said.

"I hope that our partners will not get fed up with all of these things, but there is a limit for everything. I think it's high time that the Philippines will really start looking and watching the words coming out of our own mouth."