Philippine President Wants U.S. Troops to Leave ‘in Two Years’

Posted October 26, 2016 at 10:03am

The Washington Post reports that “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wanted American troops out of his country, perhaps in the next two years, underlining his intention to press ahead with a major realignment of his country’s foreign and security policies.”

“It is not the first time Duterte has made this kind of threat, but his two-year timetable for a U.S. military exit appeared designed to reinforce his break-the-mold message to Washington and neighbors in Asia, particularly powerhouse China.”

“So far, however, his administration has failed to follow through on previous pledges to remove a small contingent of U.S. counterterrorism troops from the southern island of Mindanao or to notify Washington of an end to military exercises.”