>> Rodrigo Duterte's fierce anti-US onslaught no longer just about words. The Philippines president driving yet another wedge between his country and Washington during a trip to Vietnam. With joint US/Philippines naval drills less then a week away.>> You are scheduled to hold war games again. Which China does not want.
I would send notice to you now that this will be the last military in this site. Jointly Philippines, yes, the last one.>> Adding fuel to the fire, Duterte also took the chance to rule out any joint patrols in the South China Sea at the risk of angering Beijing.
All this in the same week that he announced he wants stronger ties with China and Russia to traditional US rivals. The state department says it hasn't been made aware of an official end to join military exercises although there's no doubt that Duterte's latest comments throw the future of Washington's alliance with Manila to deeper uncertainty.