Philippines leader Duterte wants to boot US troops out of country’s south

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https://www.rt.com/news/359104-philippines-usa-soldiers-leave/

The Philippines president says US troops “have to go” from the south of his country. He blames American soldiers for inflaming tensions with the local Muslim population, saying they would “never have peace” with a US military presence.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he is opposed to US soldiers being stationed in the southern Mindanao region, recalling how American troops took part in a pacification plan against Muslim Filipinos going back over a century. He said that this has caused a long period of resentment from the minority Muslim population against a majority of Catholics in the south.

For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land,” Duterte said on Monday, as cited by the AP.

He displayed some black and white photographs dating from the early 1900s that showed women and children that had been killed by US forces.

The special forces, they have to go. They have to go in Mindanao, there are many whites there, they have to go,” he said, adding that he was reorienting the country’s foreign policy. “I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go.”

He also warned that US troops would face difficulties if they decided not to heed his advice and leave.

If they see Americans, they’ll really kill them. They’ll get ransom and then kill you, even if you are a black or a white American as long as you’re an American,” he said.

Despite the bold declaration of his intention to kick the US military out of the south of the Philippines, Duterte did not say how this would be achieved or give a timeframe within which this might happen.

Washington did not receive an official demand from the Philippine government with regards to the matter, US State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news conference when asked about the statement made by Duterte, Reuters reported.

He stressed that the US remains committed to its alliance with Manila but is “not aware of any official communication by the Philippine government … to seek that result.”

Joseph Cheng, a political analyst from Hong Kong City University, told RT that he believes President Duterte is playing to segments of Philippine society that want US troops to leave the country for good.

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rodrigo is on a roll..now he wants US forces out!

The special forces, they have to go. They have to go in Mindanao, there are many whites there, they have to go,” he said, adding that he was reorienting the country’s foreign policy. “I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go.”

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~ by seeker401 on September 15, 2016.

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