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THEY HAVE TO GO: PRESIDENT OF PHILIPPINES DEMANDS US TROOPS LEAVE THE COUNTRY

by James Holbrooks, Underground Reporter:

Philippines — Following Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments Monday that all U.S. troops in the country’s southern region of Mindanao “have to go,” an analyst recently posited the president’s move is an indication of the Philippine citizenry’s desire to move away from the West and toward China.

“A considerable segment of the population in the Philippines does not want to see foreign troops, including U.S. troops, in the Philippines,” Dr. Joseph Chang told Radio Sputnik.

Chang theorizes much of President Duterte’s decision regarding the removal of U.S. troops in the Philippines is rooted in his status as a populist leader, and that appeasing his electorate will “establish his credentials as a nationalist president.”

Dr. Chang also noted Duterte’s wish to “reduce the Philippines’ dependence on the U.S. in the security arena” and“improve economic ties with Beijing.” Chang further suggested Duterte may even desire to “attract foreign aid from Beijing to the Philippines.”

On Monday, Duterte continued his verbal assault against the United States — he recently called President Obama a “son of a bitch” — by claiming many of the problems the Philippines have with Muslim insurgents in the southern Mindanao region have to do with the U.S. military’s very presence there.

“I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go,” the president — who is from the Mindanao region — said during a speech in Manilla, citing the U.S. military’s bloody history in the Philippines and the animosity many citizens still feel because of it.

This sentiment was echoed by the president’s spokesperson, Ernesto Abella, in a statement issued by the Philippines News Agency.

Citing that statement, USA Today writes:

“Abella also pointed to lasting resentment over the U.S. military campaign in 1906 that led to the slaughter of hundreds of Muslims in the southern Philippines. Duterte has criticized the United States for failing to apologize for the bloodbath.”

Concluding, Abella said in the release: “Hence our continued connection to the West is the real reason for the ‘Islamic’ threat in Mindanao.”

The Philippines became a colony of the United States in the late 19th century, a status which lasted until the 1940s. Since that time, the U.S. has been an ally of the Southeast Asian country. The military presence in Mindanao referred to by Duterte was put into place in 2002 for the purported reason of fighting the Muslim insurgency group Abu Sayyaf.

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9 comments to THEY HAVE TO GO: PRESIDENT OF PHILIPPINES DEMANDS US TROOPS LEAVE THE COUNTRY

  • tomche

    The Philippines, like so many other nation states are tired of war, tired of American interventions, tired of lies, tired of coercion, tired of deceit, tired of meddling and interfering…tired of American “foreign policy”…tired of liars in office, tired of liars in congress, tired of a conniving, conspiratorial “press”, who masquerade as the defenders of truth , but couldn’t be further from it. Tired of it ALL!

    And so am I.

  • Bob

    This is the first notice of an upcoming vacancy in the office of the presidency in the Pilippines. Please look for the vacancy announcement just prior to the funeral of the current occupant. Applicants may apply at he US Embassy in Manila.

  • Guiodo

    I’m not exactly a fan of China, but the Philippines has to do what it has to do. Too many years as America’s b*tch has pushed the nation to the brink, and there’s FINALLY a nationalist leader (whatever one may think of his heavy-handed methods) willing to proclaim his country’s independence. This should come as an inspiration to other nations who find themselves in a similar bind. Something tells me that the days of nations serving as nothing more than American colonies is approaching its final point in our history. Nations have had enough and people have had enough, including the American people. Time to stab the Beast between the eyes.

  • Guido

    I’m not exactly a fan of China, but the Philippines has to do what it has to do. Too many years as America’s b*tch has pushed the nation to the brink, and there’s FINALLY a nationalist leader (whatever one may think of his heavy-handed methods) willing to proclaim his country’s independence. This should come as an inspiration to other nations who find themselves in a similar bind. Something tells me that the days of nations serving as nothing more than American colonies is approaching its final point in our history. Nations have had enough and people have had enough, including the American people. Time to stab the Beast between the eyes.

  • RGR777

    Yes… what the Philippines needs is a strong Navy/ Marine force…I would have 3

    Marine Bdes / with their Ambitious Ships … make the Army a “National Guard” a more

    local force and a (large capable Special force for ground intel) … ” give Navy air

    power” make air force more support TAC support aircraft… that is what I would do.

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