President Duterte's Discontent With US Could Pose Problems ... For Him
The U.S. will send the Philippines $120 million in military aid this year — but the country's president wants to kick out U.S. special forces.By Matt Picht | September 13, 2016
The Philippines and the U.S. are supposed to be close military allies. So it's a bit weird the country's new president, Rodrigo Duterte, wants to kick U.S. special forces out of his country.
Duterte blamed the U.S. for the current unrest on Mindanao island, where an Islamist insurgency is based, saying, "For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land." He also wants to reorient the country's U.S.-centric military policy.