Updated October 28, 2016 8:25am
By BERNADETTE PARCO, GMA News
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday allayed fears of Filipinos regarding his recent pronouncements about building up better ties with China and Russia, saying those countries were no longer communist.
In a news conference in Davao City shortly after he arrived from his three-day official visit to Japan, Duterte was asked by GMA News' Cedric Castillo about Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev's admission that the country had a negative impression among Filipinos.
"Hoy! Hoy! Wala ng komunista. That's an ideology that have long gone," Duterte said.
Khovaev told GMA News in an earlier interview that they blame the negative image because of portrayals of Hollywood movies.
But Duterte noted that neither China nor Russia deserved the scorn of Filipino critics who may be misinformed.
"I do not have to answer this simpleton.
Wala ng komunista ngayon. The Communist Party is really for the control, para hindi sasabog. There are billions of them," he said. "Pero kung sabihin mo, sa commune.
Those were the propaganda days of the Americans during the Cold War. I tell you, hindi ganun kalupit ang mga tao doon, kasi kababayan nila," he added.
The Cold War was a time when a hostile political and military hostilities existed between United States and the former Soviet republic, including Russia.
Russia, Duterte said, had pledged to help the country.
His recent state visit to China, meanwhile, resulted to billions of dollars in pledges. "Komunista? Ang ganda, ang yaman doon.
Lahat doon... ang Lexus taxi lang doon. Lahat doon naka sports (car)," he said about his recent trip to Beijing.
Source: GMA NEWS