>> At first it was almost amusing, but Rodrigo Duterte's 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.
As Reuters Manny Mogato reports, Duterte may be trying to leverage his position.>> Duterte wanted to enjoy both worlds. China and Russia on one side, and US on the other side. For the last five years there has been no Chinese investments in the Philippines. I think Duterte is trying to win back Chinese support by putting in more investments, telecommunication about property.
With Russia, particularly, the Philippines is looking for diversification of its military equipment.>> Washington's immediate reaction, do what you like. A message of indifference, because Duterte's America-bashing is now almost a daily occurrence. That's sure to play well with Beijing and Moscow, but how far is he really prepared to rub the US the wrong way?
>> I don't believe that the Philippines will break its relations with the United States, because the alliance has been there for more than 60 years. In fact, the US is the only security alliance of the Philippines since World War II and we have benefited a lot in terms of the military aid.
>> If Duterte is planning to stay on good terms with Washington, he's got a strange way of showing it, adding on Monday that he would never help fight a US-led naval war, despite the alliance. That could make things even more awkward when the two countries join up for training exercises in the next few weeks.