Duterte Said Philippines Still Needs US Forces for South China Sea Dispute

President Rodrigo Duterte clarified an earlier statement that he wanted the removal of US forces from the country, stating that he only meant the withdrawal of American troops from Mindanao. He said that Muslims in the area have an inherent distrust of the US owing to a couple of massacres that occurred in the early 1900s. He reiterated an earlier pronouncement that the Philippines still needs the US, especially when it comes to the…

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