Foreign Policy | Analysts say despite his bluster, Rodrigo Duterte isn’t likely to sacrifice a relationship that benefits his country
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 9/16/16, 12:36 pm
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s calls this week for withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the southern Philippines, as well as the suspension of joint U.S.-Philippine naval patrols in the South China Sea, have raised concerns about the countries’ relationship.
“The special forces, they have to go,” Duterte said during an oath-taking ceremony on Monday, according to the Philippine Star. “I do not want a rift with America. But they have to go.”