Duterte clarifies PH not severing ties with old ally but only setting independent foreign policy course
THE Philippines is not severing ties with the United States after all.
President Rodrigo Duterte made this clarification yesterday morning following his arrival from a four-day state visit to Beijing.
Duterte said his declaration of an economic and military split with the US was about no longer following the superpower's supposed dictates rather than a severance of relationships.
“It’s not severance of ties. When you say severance of ties, you cut diplomatic relations. I cannot do that,” Duterte said.
Duterte said cutting diplomatic ties with the US would not be according to the interest of Filipinos, citing the millions of Filipinos and Americans "of Filipino ancestry in the US."
"What I mean was a separation of foreign policy... In the past we always follow what the US will give as the cue," Duterte said.
"In the past we always follow what the US will give as the cue... Hindi ako magsunod," he added.
He added that he would also consult the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police regarding the implications of an independent foreign policy on the country's military agreements with the US.
"Because at the end of the day it is all security," Duterte said.