MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Many Americans are familiar with President Barack Obama’s “beer diplomacy” when he hosted an intimate meeting — over beer — at The White House in an attempt to resolve a racial profiling issue.
Well, move over, Mr. Obama.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made headlines this week when he introduced his own diplomacy, not over beer, but over alcohol. It happened at Malacañang Palace, the Presidential residence, as he welcomed China’s Foreign Minister Want Yi who was visiting the Philippines.
It was all caught on tape! One Filipino netizen described Duterte as “alcohol dispenser.”
And it worked! The Chinese official said his country was donating half a million doses of a Chinese vaccine to the Philippines.