Mar 25, 2017

Asia's political consultant to US, EU: 'PH is ASEAN first and Asian, respect us'

Association of Political Consultants in Asia member and writer Malou Tiquia called on to the United States of America and European Union to stop intervening with Philippine affairs.

The international bodies have been calling on to President Rodrigo Duterte to stop his war against drugs as it allegedly heightens extrajudicial killings in the country. The EU has also given its request for the administration to free imprisoned Senator Leila de Lima despite accounts of her involvement with drug activities.
Asia's political consultant to US, EU: 'PH is ASEAN first and Asian, respect us'
Composite photos from CNN PH and Euro News
"To the Americans and Europeans: Ph is ASEAN first and Asian. Trust you know our geography and make up," Tiquia said.

She emphasized that the country is no longer under colonization.

"We may be the odd person out in our early years being occupied by Spain, America and Japan, but we have moved forward and in ASEAN"s 50th, Ph takes its rightful place," she said.

Tiquia asserted that PH is independent and peacful and like other nations, it stands for neutrality and cooperation.

"Respect us," she said.

"In this day and age, no country can dictate and tell us, or dictate and condemn us, for actions we do for our own sake," she added.

As of writing, threats to withdraw agreements have been given by US and EU following their request.

Source: Malou Tiquia

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