>> At first it was almost amusing, but Rodrigo Duterte bad blood with the US is now raising serious concerns about an old alliance. The Philippines President on Monday saying relations are at the point of no return with his country's former colonial ruler. And just to rub salt in the wound, now Duterte wants to forge new alliances with US rivals, China and Russia.
>> I have talked to Xi Jinping. I'm going to China. I will open up all avenues of trade and commerce. I think I'm about to cross the Rubicon between me and the United States, at least for the six years.>> Washington's immediate reaction, do what you like. That may seem like a muted response, but Duterte hating on the US has become a near daily event.
That said, he's still finding ways of ramping up the rhetoric, insisting on Monday that the US doesn't like him, comparing himself to the likes Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, and Bashar al-Assad. Duterte also swore that he'd never participate in any conflict at sea started by the US, despite a half-century old treaty, another move that could make things awkward when Manila and Washington's militaries train together in the next few weeks.