Cabinet Officials Clarify Duterte’s Separation from the US Statement

With President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of the Philippines separating from the United States, cabinet members were once again tasked with explaining what the president really meant. Amid calls by senators for a probe on the administration’s foreign policy to clarifications being sought by the US and Japan, economic, trade, and foreign affairs officials said that the government is merely trying to “rebalance” trade in order to remove the country’s overdependence on the west. Economic chief Ernesto Pernia added…

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