>> Philipines President Rodrigo Duterte accusing the United States of putting Asian stability at risk. The Pentagon just okayed new warehouses and barracks under a shared defense treaty, but Duterte says the Trump administration's bringing weapons, possibly nuclear weapons, into his country to store permanently.>> They are unloading arms in the Philippines now.
m serving notice to the Armed Forces of the United States. Do not do it, I will not allow it.>> The President says he will tear up the treaty if that story is true as Reuters' Martin Petty reports it violates the country's mutual defense pact. We're not sure what information he's basing this on, but we know the US has, as part of its treaty, some rotational troop activities, some exercises, humanitarian and disaster response.
So these accusations about building up an arsenal, they're quite serious.>> Duterte's levied that threat of a break up many times before, and then pledging to honor the defense agreement, making things awkward between Washington and one of its most crucial Asian allies in the face of a rising China.
>> He has a grudge, that's no secret. He hates having US troops in the Philippines. He's worried about America provoking China and the Philippines being dragged into that. That's ironic because historically, the Philippines has always welcomed the US support in part because of China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.
>> On the other hand, Duterte's cozied up to Beijing rather than confronting it. Especially on the issue of the disputed South China Sea and says an American arsenal would simply paint a target for Chinese missiles on Philippine soil.