Manny Villar: Pres. Duterte's Independent Foreign Policy Already Worked with Malaysia & Singapore


One of the country's most prominent lawmaker and veteran businessman, former Senate President Manny Villar shared his opinion about the controversial independent foreign policy of Pres. Rody Duterte. In an article written on Business Mirror on Tuesday, Manny Villar revealed that the Philippines is not the first country in Asia to have an independent foreign policy.


The independent foreign policy announced by the Duterte administration worked well with successful Asian countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

Manny Villar cited former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatmir Mohamad and the late Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as two Asian leaders who also adopted the same policy during their terms in office.

The former senator recalled that during the year 1981 to 2003 when Prime Minister Mahatmir Mohamad led Malaysia, he slammed Western economic policies towards developing countries and pushed through with the imposition of death penalty for drug traffickers which resulted to numerous executions of foreign convicts.


Malaysia was able to established closer diplomatic and economic relations with other Asian countries, like Japan and Korea, in lieu of relying on Western countries. He adopted the "Look East" policy during his term as Prime Minister. He also managed to survived the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 by implementing domestic measures instead of seeking relief from the World Bank and IMF.

Manny Villar one of the country's richest businessman also cited the experience of Singapore under the leadership of popular leader Lee Kuan Yew who proceeded with instituting radical reforms in Singapore despite Western that his plans were repressive.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore jumped from a Third World country to a First World nation.


According to Villar, the success stories of Malaysia and Singapore is an undeniable proof to show that investors are not spooked when countries adopt an independent foreign policy. An independent foreign policy does not mean making enemies out of some countries but promoting national interest above others.


“What we need, and what I believe the President wants to establish, is not a pro-US foreign policy or a pro-China foreign policy, but a pro-Filipino foreign policy. We can be friends with all countries because it serves our interest to do so,” he said.

Manny Villar: Pres. Duterte's Independent Foreign Policy Already Worked with Malaysia & Singapore Manny Villar: Pres. Duterte's Independent Foreign Policy Already Worked with Malaysia & Singapore Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 10/26/2016 Rating: 5

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