Duterte wants all foreign troops out of Philippines within 2 years
TOKYO — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wants all foreign troops out of his country and may need to “revise or abrogate agreements,” which could include a base-sharing agreement with U.S. troops.
“I want, maybe in the next two years, my country free of presence of foreign military troops,” Duterte said during a visit to Japan. “I want them out.”
It was the latest rejection of the bilateral relationship by Duterte, who has bristled at what he perceives as President Barack Obama still trying to run the Philippines as a colony by interfering in his bloody drug war. He says he is being treated like a “dog barking for crumbs” instead of a true ally.
Under Duterte’s predecessor, the U.S. and the Philippines signed a deal in April allowing U.S. troops to use specific military bases in the Philippines.
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