Thursday, September 15, 2016
The Philippine President have made inflammatory statements that could not have come at a worse time.
1."Duterte of the Philippines: 'I'm Not a Fan of Americans'"
"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told American special forces to leave Mindanao, blaming their presence in the southern region for the continuing conflict, while signalling his desire to 'reorient' the country's foreign policy vis-a-vis the United States. Just days after declaring that the Philippines 'will pursue an independent foreign policy', Duterte said on Monday in a rambling speech from the presidential palace."
2. "Philippine leader rejects joint patrols, eyes China weapons"
"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he won’t allow government forces to conduct joint patrols [with American military forces] of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his predecessor reached with the U.S. military earlier this year. Duterte also said he was considering acquiring defense equipment from Russia and China."
3. "Philippine President Wants US Forces out of Restive South"
"Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he wants U.S. forces out of his country's south and blamed America for inflaming Muslim insurgencies in the region, in his first public statement opposing the presence of American troops."
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"In opposing the U.S. military presence in the southern Mindanao region, Duterte cited the killing of Muslims during a U.S. pacification campaign in the early 1900s, which he said was at the root of the long restiveness of minority Muslims in the largely Catholic nation's south."
Tensions in the South China Sea already at a fever pitch. The United States and the Philippines having a bilateral mutual defense treaty. Offending that nation that the Filipino must rely upon in case "push comes to shove" in the region not a good idea..