Duterte says he wants U.S. special forces out of southern Philippines
This outburst was shortly followed by Duterte ordering US troops to leave the south of his country, after blaming them for inflaming tensions with the local Muslim population.
“For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land,” Duterte said, as cited by the AP.
In his speech on Thursday, Duterte gave a hint of a possible warming of ties with China by telling businessmen from the country, “You will see me often in China."
He did not expand on that particular point, but did mention that he planned to visit China before the end of the year and would be promoting the rights of fishermen from the Philippines to be left to fish in the Scarborough Shoal without any restrictions.
Duterte has already said that the Philippines will pursue “independent” foreign and military policies separate from US interests in the region and may look towards closer ties with China and Russia."
Duterte ready to "Cross the Rubicon"?
While there can be no doubt, Duterte building a strong, independent image at home thinks he is helping his future electoral chances, one wonders if there is anything else behind this waving-a-red-flag-at-a-bull posturing. I don't want to be completely cynical, and speculate that the US has set Duterte up as a straw man or a stalking horse...or both. But it does seem a bit over the top. With the US "pivot" towards Asia and its aggressive military stances towards China and North Korea....perhaps this is just a ruse/excuse to invade the Philippines and set up "martial law"....on the basis of the premise that Duterte called Obama “son of a b*tch/whore”. Unfortunately, many Americans would just consider that common logic and inevitable consequences!
Just the other day, Duterte publicly said he was ready to "Cross the Rubicon", to drop Philipines's association/occupation by the US and garner closer relations with China and Russia. Well, you know what they say...."If something appears too good to be true".....
WAIT! Is Duterte's successor already waiting in the wings???
Filipino senator fears for her safety over opposition to President Duterte
Leila de Lima says she has been harassed, threatened since heading inquiry into country's war on drugs
De Lima is the Philippines' fiercest critic of the country's new strongman president Rodrigo Duterte, and she says his "personal vendetta" has her scared for her safety.
Duterte, referred to in the media as "Duterte Harry," has implemented an internationally condemned war on drugs in which more than 3,400 alleged drug dealers and users have been killed. But there is also a battle at the heart of government between Duterte and de Lima, stemming largely from de Lima's opposition to the way the war on drugs has been carried out.
The hearings into the killings took a dramatic turn last week with the testimony of Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former assassin from the Davao Death Squad vigilante group that has allegedly killed thousands of criminals in the city of Davao.
Matobato said Duterte, who spent more than 20 years as mayor of Davao, had ordered the killings of criminals and his opponents by the group. Matobato also claimed that Duterte had personally killed a justice department official with an Uzi submachine gun and had even ordered a (failed) assassination attempt on de Lima in 2009.
Duterte's office has denied all the claims and says there are inconsistencies in Matobato's evidence. The president has said he does not know Matobato.
though she says friends have asked why she does not stop her campaign, she has no intention of giving up.
"I have a choice," she said. "Surrendering everything and just keeping quiet and probably resigning from this post [as senator] and just waiting for all of those cases to be filed against me — or fight.
"I choose to fight, for as long as I can, for as long as I will be allowed to do so, for as long as I am alive."