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February 26, 2022 at 12:55 AM  


“When elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled.”

PRRD understood this from the very start. He knew what he had to do to make sure that the Philippines, though mere “grass” in the eyes of these elephants, experienced no trampling. He found ways to forge alliances with all of the global superpowers. In fact, despite lashing out on the US, it was they who still pursued us. “Friend to all, enemy to none.” This is Duterte’s independent foreign policy. Too simple? Sure. But unbelievably effective.