Philippine Foreign Secretary Raul Manglapus said Friday the United States has assumed the role of a "constable of the world" by leading the multinational effort to free Kuwait from Iraqi occupation.

Manglapus said that President Bush in his State of the Union Address delivered "a candid avowal of this mission" when he stated that America has the "responsibility to lead the world away from the dark chaos of dictatorship.""One may dispute whether that responsibility is necessary or even if it is just. But America has chosen to shoulder it and there are those who would argue that if Constable America did not exist, it would have to be invented," Manglapus said.

Manglapus' remarks in a speech outlining the Philippine foreign policy for the 1990's drew criticism from U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Platt who said the statement was "inaccurate and offensive."