Malacañang on Thursday summoned United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim to discuss the latest US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment report which tagged President Rodrigo Duterte a ‘threat to democracy.’
“Democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian nations will remain fragile in 2018 because of autocratic tendencies, rampant corruption and cronyism.
“Duterte has suggested he could suspend the constitution, declare a ‘revolutionary government’, and impose nationwide martial law,” said the US intelligence community report published on February 13.
Responding to this, Malacañang reiterated that the Chief Executive was in not in any way ‘autocratic or has autocratic tendencies’ and that the President given his title and power adheres to the law written in the constitution.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has already instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C., to coordinate and engage with the US agencies involved in the writing of the assessment.
Roque added that Medialdea has also directed US embassy officials and staff “to provide the latter accurate information on the realities happening on the ground in the Philippines, including the actions taken by the President and his administration to promote socioeconomic development for the country and provide a safe and secure environment for all Filipinos, respecting at all times the rule of law.”
Malacañang previously speculated that the US intelligence report may have been influenced by the perspective of US President Donald Trump against Duterte and the Philippines.