Why US polls still matter to Pinoys

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 06 2016 12:57 AM

MANILA - Political analysts say the results of the US elections still matter to Filipinos, despite President Rodrigo Duterte's "pivot" away from the Western superpower.

Speaking on DZMM, Dr. Kiko Magno of the De La Salle University and Ambassador Apolinario "Jun" Lozada Jr. said the elections in the US is still very important to Filipinos because there are still more people who favor Americans over other allies of the country.

"I think 91 percent ng Filipinos yata 'yung pabor sa Amerika 'di ba? So how can you say that you will not talk about the United States of America, ang China was -33. Sino ba ang walang kamag-anak sa America? Sino ba ang may kamag-anak sa China?" Lozada said.

He also said that with the sheer number of Filipinos with relatives in the US or those working for American companies, it is almost imposible that Filipinos would just disregard recent events in the US.

"Let's look at the 100.1 million Filipinos. Two-thirds of that number, gets their bread and butter from relatives working in the states, either living and working there, or working with American companies in the Philippines, sa [business process outsourcing] (BPO) lang eh," Lozada added.

For Magno, the love-hate relationship between the two countries have been going on for a long time.

"May mga panahon na nagkakaroon tayo ng tinatawag na panlalamig ng relasyon pero bawat Filipino may kamag-anak sa Amerika," Magno said.

He added that previous surveys "[perhaps] a few years ago," showed that after being Filipino, Pinoys rated American citizenship as most desirable.

"Another thing that we should look at is our social life, the way we are as a person. The way we think, the way we talk, the way we dress. We are really so Westernized and it's so difficult na tanggalin mo 'yan sa buhay ng Filipino eh," Lozada also said.

Americans will be choosing their next president in the next couple of days.

Duterte on Friday lashed out anew at US President Barack Obama, telling the latter to look for the meaning of "dignity" in the dictionary as he slammed America's supposed threats to withhold aid to the Philippines.

Duterte has been railing at the US over criticisms on his war on drugs, which has claimed over 2,000 lives since he won the elections.