Oct. 4 (EIRNS)—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte spoke at the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi sharing the stage with President Vladimir Putin, King of Jordan Abdullah II, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. His speech conveyed a sense of the scope of the global crisis, and a call for nations collaborating for peace, while also blasting the “weaponization of human rights.”
He said that the era of “Pax Americana” was coming to an end, due to the U.S. adoption of “exceptionalism” and “double standards.” He said he was not against the U.S.—that the two nations were “close friends” and the Philippine people shared “deep ties to the American people.” But, he went on, our “so-called friends say they know the answers to our problems, and create rules and norms for everyone … oblivious to the damaging circumstances imposed on the people they seek to protect.” Clearly referring to the Obama/Blair doctrine R2P (Responsibility to Protect), he pointed to the “chaos and instability in Libya and Iraq” after the regime change wars in those nations.
He particularly pointed to UN Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Convention on the Rights of Children as representing the “weaponization of human rights,” and said that this was being used against his country in opposition to his war on drugs. He said that all countries, large and small, must enjoy state sovereignty, non-interference and peaceful resolution of disputes.
He said he was promoting closer cooperation between his country and the nations of South America, Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East (“with wider eyes than oil and Overseas Filipino Workers”). “The Philippine people need to be enriched by other cultures and intellectual traditions,” he said, in order for Filipinos to “embrace our shared destiny.” At a time of great flux in the world, he said, “we must expand our notion of ourselves to include others.”
With that concept encompassing the Peace of Westphalia, he closed by calling for “peace for all mankind.”