And so the Child in Chief is still on a roll. Make all the guesses you want, but mine is that he wants the US out of here before he assumes his dictatorship. Seriously…it’s time to have a good, long, hard look at staying in this country. This could be the series of warnings we need to make some very hard decisions.
HANOI – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he will soon end joint military exercises with the United States, a move that could further dampen relations with Manila’s longtime ally after the controversial leader branded Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”.
Speaking to a raucous crowd at an upscale Hanoi hotel where he kicked off his two-day visit to Vietnam, the foul-mouthed leader said next month’s military drills would be the last.
“I will serve notice to you now, that this will be the last military exercise, jointly Philippines-US, the last one,” he said in a rambling speech to several hundred Vietnam-based Filipinos.
The Philippine-US Amphibious Landing Exercises (Phiblex) are set to take place from Oct 4-12 in the Philippines, which follow the larger annual Balikatan exercises in April involving more than 8,000 forces from both sides.
The allies have quarrelled in recent weeks, with Duterte vowing to eject US special forces from the country’s troubled south, just days after he insulted President Obama at a regional leaders summit in Laos.
The 71-year-old leader has also come under fire for his bloody war on crime that has claimed more than 3,700 lives since he took office in June, including by Obama who has said he must conduct his crime war “the right way” by protecting human rights.
Western governments and rights groups have raised concerns about a breakdown in the rule of law over Duterte’s crackdown on crime, a criticism the leader laughed off on Wednesday.
“I am the favourite whipping boy now of the human rights (groups) all over the world,” he told the crowd, which gave him a rock star welcome.
Defence ties between the United States and the Philippines date back to 1951, and annual joint military exercises have been a pillar of the alliance.
Duterte will meet with Vietnam’s political top brass Thursday to discuss maritime freedom and boosting economic and defence ties. Both Manila and Hanoi are locked in separate disputes with powerhouse Beijing over territory in the South China Sea.
And in further news, we see why this happened. Remember, Duterte is a known sympathizer of Communism, has promised to change the PH Constitution and style of government to “Federalism”, and threatened to shut down Congress if they try to impeach him.
Duterte urged to stop US-PH military exercises
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) urged President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the conduct of US-PH joint military exercises, describing it as “provocative”.
“These US military exercises are most untimely as the Duterte regime is trying to lay down its foundations for an independent foreign policy,” the CPP said in a statement Tuesday.
The CPP said the presence of thousands of US troops on Philippine soil does not help promote the country’s national independence, but instead will only depict the Philippines as a US military bulwark.
The military exercises will be held on October 4 to 12 in some parts of Luzon and Palawan.
“These US military exercises are most untimely as the Duterte regime is trying to promote lay down its foundations for an independent foreign policy,” the CPP said.
On the other hand, the group also reiterated its call to end the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) of 1951, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), and the Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca)
The MDT, according to the Communist movement, “is the mother of all unequal military agreements which justifies the presence of aggressive and interventionist US troops.”
“Not only does it not assure that the US will aid the Philippines, it is also a guarantee that the Philippines will get dragged into US wars such as how the country served as launching pad for US interventionist wars in Korea, Vietnam as well as Iran,” the CPP said.