“The president of the Philippines has promised to dismantle the nation’s 65-year military alliance with the United States, warning Washington not to treat the nation ‘like a doormat’. Rodrigo Duterte has ordered 28 annual military exercises with US forces to be halted and an ongoing US-Philippines amphibious beach landing exercise to be the last in his six-year presidency. ‘This year would be the last,’ said Mr Duterte, referring to military exercises involving the US in a speech on Friday in southern Davao city.” 

Source: Alexandra Sims. “Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Orders US Forces Out Of Country, Cutting 65 Years Of Military Ties.” Independent. October 10, 2016.

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