Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon on Wednesday raised concerns on President Rodrigo Duterte's "insults" against the United States, fearing these could put in jeopardy the $3-billion official development assistance (ODA) fund the Philippines is getting from Western countries.
Drilon said this during the confirmation hearing of the Commission on Appointments (CA) finance committee on the ad interim appointment of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.
According to Dominguez, the total ODA received by the Philippines from the US and other Western countries amount to $3 billion in total.
"The question that is in everybody's minds, in maintaining our independent foreign policy, do we have to insult our allies? And here you are talking about $3 billion in official development assistance," Drilon said.
"Eh pag araw-araw iniinsulto natin ang atin mga kaibigan, hindi ba ito maiilagay sa alanganin yung $3 billion na ito?" the senator added.
Dominguez replied "that there might be a school of thought that would say it's not advisbale to do that."
Asked whether he belongs to that school of thought, the DOF chief said: "I'm not the Foreign Affairs minister."
President Duterte had earlier hurled offensive remarks against the US, more recently telling American President Barack Obama to "go to hell."
Duterte's tirades against the US was his reaction to the criticims on his administration's war on drugs.