Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on February 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on February 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on February 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Mark J. Valencia
Opinion

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Mark J. Valencia

US policy failure in the Philippines has deep roots: decades of American cultural hubris

  • Rodrigo Duterte’s move to distance the Philippines from its former colonial ruler was long in coming. Generations of US foreign-policymakers have advanced US interests as if they were the same as Philippine interests – which they are not

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on February 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on February 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, Metro Manila, on February 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters
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Mark J. Valencia

Mark J. Valencia

Dr Mark J. Valencia is an internationally known maritime policy analyst, political commentator and consultant focused on Asia. He is the author or editor of some 15 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently he is adjunct senior scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies.