Most everyone in the East Asia region and throughout the Philippines knows by now the dayze are numbered for Phils President Rodrigo Duterte.
AKA Duterte Harry, the lawyer from the southernmost province of Mindanao has been involved in the Muslim insurgency against the Phils. Duterte is a Moro Muslim who, while born Catholic which is the predominant religion of the Phils, blames the USA for its colonization while dismissing Spain's colonization completely.
Duterte would clearly prefer to become a province of the CCP Dictator-Tyrants in Beijing. This is not acceptable to the elites or the bulk of the Phils population in Luzon Island and Manila far to the north of its southernmost and Muslim province of Mindanao, where Duterte was mayor of its largest city, Davao for 22 corrupt years...
US State Department Blueprint to Oust Duterte Leaked by A US Embassy Insider
The Manila Times reports,
United States Former Ambassador Philip Goldberg just months ago left behind a “blueprint to undermine Duterte,” a strategic recommendation ostensibly to the State Department for the ultimate removal of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte from office, according to a highly placed source. It is not clear, however, if the State Department in Washington DC had given its imprimatur to the recommendation by its former ambassador to the Philippines.
A document received over the weekend by The Manila Times from that source said the Goldberg blueprint gave a timetable of one-and-a-half years.
Quoting Goldberg, it said the “political actors (the opposition) would need all the political weapons in their arsenal to replace the Duterte administration and replace it with something more to the opposition’s liking.”
Analyzing the President’s weakness, Goldberg said that Mr. Duterte “has no real friends” outside of his region for his propensity to mock and ridicule people close to him. He also said that the President’s “views are shaped not by ideology or personal ambitions, but by old-fashioned nationalism where he holds the United States accountable for the Philippines’ current state of poverty and dependency.”
To bring down Duterte, the Goldberg plan calls for stoking public dissatisfaction with the President over unfulfilled election promises, isolating the Philippines from the rest of the ASEAN by extending military assistance to member countries except the Philippines, and/or through economic “blackmail” that aims to limit trade by some ASEAN member countries with the Philippines.
Goldberg also encourages support for the opposition through aids and grants, sowing discontent among the Duterte supporters and cultivating the cleavage between the congressmen and the senators over the Charter Change issue.
In brief, the plan calls on the US government to employ a combination of socio-economic-political-diplomatic moves against Duterte “to bring him to his knees and eventually remove him from office.”
Duterte, who won election with 38% of the vote (no runoff in the Phils elections) is by far the most anti-American leader of a government of the ten countries of the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations* in the 50 year history of the organization.
Duterte on a state visit to CCP China in August said it was the "Philippines, China, Russia against the world."
On assuming office in July however, the 72 year old Duterte had to appoint as defense minister Delfin Lorenzana who returned to the Phils after 14 years at the Phils embassy in Washington as the personal representative of the Phils president to the United States. Lorenzana who is also a Major-General in the Phils Army famously said after returning to the Phils as defense minister that Duterte is "misinformed" about the United States.
The Catholic Church of the Phils has also expressed publicly its concern about Duterte and his policies and programs, foreign and domestic. The powerful and respected former President and General Fidel Ramos has expressed his severe reservations about Duterte, who is often called the Donald Trump of the Philippines.
*Asean = Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Indonesia.