Clinton a better counterpart for Duterte: analysts


Posted at Oct 21 2016 02:37 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2016 05:42 PM

MANILA - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be a better counterpart for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, two observers agree.

Clinton faced off with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday evening (Nevada time), and former Ambassador Apolinario Lozada Jr. and political science professor Jaime Naval joined ANC to analyze the candidates' last debate before Americans go to the polls next month. 

Lozada said, for one, Clinton would complement Duterte better than Trump.

"She would understand the problems that Philippines is facing with regards to our relations to China, Japan, Korea, in this other part of the world. She understands that better having been around the area as a former Secretary of State."

"I think she has a clear grasp of how and what the Philippines needs," he said.

Clinton however may unleash her confrontational nature after this election, and stand up for US interest solidly, Lozada said. 

"It is also scary though because I think Clinton is also confrontational. I think after this elections, she will also confront anybody and everybody who will put down the US," he said.

Naval seconded this, no matter how interesting it would have been if Trump were to confront Duterte.

"On a personal note, playing things in my mind, it would have been a grand scene to witness how Trump would have his own take on our president," he said.

The two also agreed, the debate did little to sway the undecided American voter to either camp.

"The debates would capture demeanor, but even before the debates or as the debate progresses, people would have monitored the track record or the way these candidates would conduct themselves in their rallies and other fora," said Naval.

Lozada also believes the debate did not urge the undecided to choose, but he was nevertheless impressed with Clinton's closing statement, which he said, "was more interesting for everybody."

"For me, she has summed up the whole thing, and if I were an American voter, if I were undecided, I would have swayed to the camp of Clinton in this debate more than the first and second debate," he said.

Lozada noted, neither Trump nor Clinton have cleared up the "baggage attached to their credibility" -- Trump with the leaked video of his lewd statements, and Clinton on the issue of her emails -- hence this election is still anybody's ball game. For this, the votes of the undecided would still matter.

"Even if you’re going to forget the undecided, you say it’s a small percentage, in this game, they will still play a big role in pushing one over the other," he said.