>> A flurry of visits and phone calls between Washington and Manilla and relations seem to be back on an even keel, but then Duterte stepped up to the mic again. The President of the Philippines on Tuesday telling the US that it can forget its defense deal if he stays in power, saying he hates seeing foreign troops in the country.
>> If I stay here long enough one day that EDCA will, if it's just an executive agreement, then I will just. I do not want to see any military man of any other nation except the Philippines.>> It's another flip-flop from Duterte who just last week announced his separation from the United States before saying to walk back that statement, saying ties weren't actually being cut, he just meant he was pursuing an independent foreign policy.
But in his latest swipe, he warns the US that the Philippines can't be kept on a leash.>> Every time they say we will cut our assistance
am a dog.>> Duterte made the remarks before setting off for Japan. His anti Washington rant could rattle Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who wants to keep ties with the Philippines tight.
Japanese officials say Abe isn't likely to try and patch things up between the two, but may try to explain the importance of America's role in Asian security.