Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols

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Philippines Officials Try to Reassure US as Duterte Ends Joint Patrols:

High-profile Philippines officials are trying to reassure the US that long-standing military ties between the two countries are to remain intact irrespective of comments by President Rodrigo Duterte. Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla insisted Duterte’s demands that the US withdraw from the southern Philippines were an expression of “concern to the US servicemen in Mindanao.”…

[Duterte] announced he is ending joint naval patrols with the US in the South China Sea, and also suggested historical reliance on the US for military gear was waning, saying the Philippines would soon send officials to China and Russia in efforts to shop around for military equipment.

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