What Filipinos say about Trump's U.S. presidential victory


Posted at Nov 10 2016 02:01 AM

What FiMANILA - Filipinos expressed mixed reactions on Wednesday after news broke that Donald Trump defeated heavily-favored Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election.

It ended eight years of Democratic rule and sent the United States on a new, uncertain path.

Around 100 Filipinos attended an election party in Manila as they watched the results being broadcast on large monitors.

College student Dominique Gomez said Trump could help boost both country's economies.

"I do believe that according to what he said, or he has proposed in terms of his foreign policy, it could probably be beneficial to the Philippines economically, but that is yet to be seen in the future as his foreign policies and formulation and implementation of it could actually still be changed," she said.

Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said Trump's presidency will test the alliance with the Philippines, particularly with Duterte's anti-U.S. rhetoric.

"As enunciated by Trump, the Philippines is a freeloader using the security umbrella provided by the U.S. while not contributing to the alliance. If we go by that logic, the Americans would put a premium on the alliance itself, and given the independent foreign policy of President Duterte, that would loosen the alliance with the Philippines with, of course, consequences," he said.

Duterte has been particularly hostile towards Washington over its criticism of his lethal anti-drugs campaign, announcing a "separation" from the United States during last month's visit to China.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement on Wednesday that Duterte offered "warm congratulations" to Trump and looks forward on enhancing relations.

U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Manila Michael Klecheski told journalists before the decision that whoever wins the race will not affect bilateral relations with the Philippines.