The Philippines finally has a government that is doing something for the Filipino people. It is fighting corruption, strengthening the economy, and fighting the war on drugs, a war which we cannot afford to lose.
The drug war is vital to our national interest but the United States has continued to criticize it in order to undermine the efforts of Duterte to restore peace and order. Without peace and order, economic progress and prosperity will continue to be an elusive dream for no business enterprise will ever prosper in crime infested areas.
On Thursday, December 15, 2016, the United States announced that it was not renewing the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant because of "significant concerns" about the rule of law under President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to the embassy spokeswoman Molly Koscina, in a statement emailed to Agence France-Presse, the Philippines was not selected for a new $433.9 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant because "....the Board's significant concerns around rule of law and civil liberties in the Philippines,"
The alleged purpose of the MCC is promoting economic growth and reducing poverty around the world. Duterte's administration efforts go alongside the objectives of MCC and the drug war is intended to help reach the goal.
If the drug scourge cannot be contained, there will be over 4 million addicts. Addicts are unproductive people who eventually turn into criminals and create chaos in society.
If there is chaos, anarchy will follow shortly and this scenario contradicts with the objectives of the Millennium Challenge.
The fact that the Millennium Challenge grant has "strings attached" proves that the real objective of the United States is to control the recipient country into doing what the United States wants. By threatening the recipient country going against the wishes of the United States will result in a grant cut, shows the manipulative and insincere nature of US Aid.
The Philippines has a huge problem, we have 4 million drugs addicts and we need trillions of pesos to rehabilitate them. It is sad that the United States has shown that they are fake friends, instead of helping us, they withheld the $433.9 million Millennium Challenge grant. China, on the other hand, will give the Philippines over $50 billion without strings attached.
Who is the real friend, the United States or China?