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THE much-awaited first of three presidential debates took place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. last Monday night.

We picked Mrs. Clinton as the winner.

In our view, Hillary Clinton was more presidential in demeanor and language.

She supported her plans with adequate and clear explanations.

She avoided sweeping generalizations, unlike Donald Trump.

Sweeping generalizations are unintelligent and mere exaggerations.

One significant aspect the Monday debate demonstrated was that under Hillary Clinton, the United States will be in good and responsible hands.

Experience is the best teacher, as the saying goes.

The former senator from New York recognizes the “immense and awesome responsibility of the presidency.”

Mrs. Clinton showed us she has organized plans for the United States and the world.

When her opponent sarcastically criticized her disappearance from the campaign trail days before the debate, she wisely replied she practiced for the debate and she practiced to be president.


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No mention of Philippines during the debate


During the Clinton-Trump debate, there were discussions of military alliances in the Pacific region.

The Philippines was not mentioned, not even once, neither by Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton.

Before President Duterte’s time, the Philippines was the strongest military ally of America in that region.

There are the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement between the two countries.

In spite of the above treaties, President Duterte has been playing his pro-Russia and pro-China games.

This is not to mention the cursing of President Obama by the Philippine President, which led to the cancellation of a scheduled first meeting between the two leaders in Laos on Sept. 6.

The meeting cancellation could be viewed as an understandable embarrassing rebuke of Mr. Duterte.

The non-mention of the Philippines during the debate could be interpreted as a reminder to the Filipino leader to think twice because he seems to want to have his cake and eat it too.

There is an evident naivete in Mr. Duterte’s foreign policy.


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