Philippines Duterte tells U.S. to forget about defense deal ‘if I stay longer’


President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before his departure for Japan, at the Ninoy Aquino International airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila in the Philippines, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks before his departure for Japan, at the Ninoy Aquino International airport in Paranaque, Metro Manila in the Philippines, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the United States on Tuesday, saying he did not start a fight with Washington and it could forget about a military agreement between both countries if he were to be in power longer.

Duterte said he was against the presence of any foreign troops in his country and the United States could “forget” an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the Philippines, if he stayed longer, without elaborating.

The United States, he said, should not treat the Philippines “like a dog with a leash”, adding to confusion about the future the longtime allies’ ties.

“I look forward to the time when I no longer see any military troops or soldier in my country except the Filipino soldiers,” Duterte said prior to his departure to Japan.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Martin Petty; Editing by Michael Perry)

Source: Reuters “Philippines Duterte tells U.S. to forget about defense deal ‘if I stay longer’”

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One Comment on “Philippines Duterte tells U.S. to forget about defense deal ‘if I stay longer’”

  1. Steve says:

    The Philippines do not have an Arch enemy other than being subservient to colonial western masters. If President Duterte is serious in non dependency of the US, he should free his nation from any foreign military bases and alliances just like China. This is the only way of being independent and declaring national sovereignty instead of a silly pawn waiting for handouts and donations.

    I just can’t see any foreign power wanting to invade the Philippines on the pretext of economy, WMD, democracy except for drugs. With a massive $25 billion loan inked with Beijing, President Duterte can brush aside the Japanese US loans, donation, handouts and treating the Philippines like a doormat or a brown dog leashed to an American handle.

    President Duterte has only one Ace up his sleeves, that is, pivot to UNCLE HAN and separate from auntie sam.

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