‘We’ll never have peace’: Philippines leader Duterte wants to boot US troops out of country’s south


The Philippines president says US troops “have to go” from the south of his country. He blames American soldiers for inflaming tensions with the local Muslim population, saying they would “never have peace” with a US military presence.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he is opposed to US soldiers being stationed in the southern Mindanao region, recalling how American troops took part in a pacification plan against Muslim Filipinos going back over a century. He said that this has caused a long period of resentment from the minority Muslim population against a majority of Catholics in the south.

For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land,” Duterte said on Monday, as cited by the AP.

He displayed some black and white photographs dating from the early 1900s that showed women and children that had been killed by US forces.

The special forces, they have to go. They have to go in Mindanao, there are many whites there, they have to go,” he said, adding that he was reorienting the country’s foreign policy. “I do not want a rift with America, but they have to go.”

He also warned that US troops would face difficulties if they decided not to heed his advice and leave.

If they see Americans, they’ll really kill them. They’ll get ransom and then kill you, even if you are a black or a white American as long as you’re an American,” he said.

Despite the bold declaration of his intention to kick the US military out of the south of the Philippines, Duterte did not say how this would be achieved or give a timeframe within which this might happen.

Washington did not receive an official demand from the Philippine government with regards to the matter, US State Department spokesman John Kirby told a news conference when asked about the statement made by Duterte, Reuters reported.

He stressed that the US remains committed to its alliance with Manila but is “not aware of any official communication by the Philippine government … to seek that result.”

Joseph Cheng, a political analyst from Hong Kong City University, told RT that he believes President Duterte is playing to segments of Philippine society that want US troops to leave the country for good.

It seems he is trying to gain popularity and gain support through a popular nationalist stand, on the other hand it appears that he does not want to depend too much on the United States for the country’s security in contrast to his predecessor,” he said.

Cheng added that provoking a series of disputes with the United States could be a calculated move on Duterte’s part to bring about a warming in relations with neighboring China.

He probably wants to initiate negotiations with Beijing on the territorial dispute, with the intention of improving economic ties between the two countries, as well as perhaps seeking economic aid from Beijing,” he told RT.

US soldiers were stationed in Mindanao in 2002 to train and advise local government forces that were fighting Abu Sayyaf militants with links to Al-Qaeda. While the majority of the US military presence withdrew in 2015, US officials said that some troops have remained in an advisory role.

Since being elected to office in June, Duterte has had an uneasy relationship with Washington. The Philippine president has been particularly annoyed at what he perceives as lecturing from the US about human rights abuses, which have followed his brutal crackdown on drugs and traffickers in the country.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) says that it has killed 1,466 suspected drug offenders so far, while another 1,490 have been killed by suspected vigilante groups, which the PNP classifies as “deaths under investigation.”

The number of (police) operations conducted since the launching of Oplan Double Barrel has already reached 17,389, resulting in the deaths of 1,466 drug personalities and the arrest of 16,025 drug suspects,” PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said on Sunday, according to the Philippine Star publication.

President Barack Obama snubbed a possible meeting with Duterte at the recent G20 Summit in China after the Philippine leader called him a “Son of a b****.”

However, Duterte later backtracked.

I was ready [for Obama]. I was waiting for Obama to respond. Lawyer to lawyer, we are both lawyers anyway… I said I never made the statement. Check it out,” he said, adding that “…I said that, but not in relation to Obama… I’m not fighting with America.

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  1. Many times in past, Philippine military was ready, willing AND able to wipe out Muslim terrorist groups in Mindanao. Phil. Govt. then consults with U.S. and is asked NOT to do so. So. Phil. Mil. backs off.

    Mindanao Muslims have a legitimate claim to autonomy and/or quasi/independence. However, as usual, U.S. is using Muslim & other terrorism as a tool for divide & conquer AND divide rule.

    U.S. needs or at least wants Phil. military bases as part of U.S. ‘Pivot to Asia.’ However, for Filipinos, U.S. bases and control in the Philippines is a “mixed blessing” — at best.

  2. Are there any American politicians who are not Kazarian controlled, who have some backbone, who still remember the pride with which America was regarded by Australians, Europeans, Asian citizens who could look at your nation’s integrity, your stance for truth?
    Is America now the daughter of the Great Whore, the Kazarian enforcer, who is destroying herself and, as a result, the rest of the world?
    Maybe you all should elect politicians who will work for the people, for sanity, for reality, not their greedy, evil overlords.
    Get out of everyone’s country, stop telling the world we have to do it YOUR way, and look closely at how your own nation is now the epitome of corruption, war mongering, mass murdering, drug running and every form of evil.

  3. “W’ell never have peace” while trapped inside a “hollow-deck”, they update with “events” to widen their berth, forced to play until we see a false reality all based on the lies of their fantasies …September 11 widened the berth, a hollow-deck update and holly wood helps …1913, JFK, WWI, WWII opened up “opportunity” and opportunity knocks…
    ….move into reality, based on truth, solid as a rock, the foundation of reality is Truth, Truth IS The Rock, the need to be with those who see the need to free the planet….through childlike eyes The Prince of Persia and the convergence of the timelines.. refuse to play in their hollow-deck, turn away and see the new emerging

  4. Did Duterte sense some US forces in the Philippines are too “special”? Too special to be neighours to the Philippines flavour of head choppers called Abu Sayyaf? Just like the mysterious airdrops in Irak… full of goodies for ISIS?

    • A ‘retired,’ Vietnam-era, CIA-related, U.S. Army Special Forces military General was and may still be advising the Muslim terrorists in Mindanao — from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

      Mindanao is rich in natural resources (gold, natural gas, etc.) — not well known. Duterte may be the worst nightmare of the U.S., because Duterte intends to clean up quasi-endemic corruption in the Philippines AND to develop the resources of the Philippines FOR Filipinos, while letting U.S., China & others compete for rights to develop & share the VERY abundant resources. If so, Filipinos will benefit.

  5. personally I think the District of Criminals has an issue with their little pet Philippino dope dealers being executed in a REAL “war on drugs”, not a phony one where government imports and distributes the dope while their favorite pet banks launder the money and get handed frickin bailouts too.. good job rejecting the slimy SOB’s Duterte!

  6. It is smart that they get the US out, there is no money for the US if wars end. Every war the US is in since WW2 is meant to last with no end in sight. I know they evidently end when the people see they are being taking for a ride like Korea and Vietnam but they have a good thing going on the war on terrorism. Like the war on drugs it is meant to never end so money will be spent over and over.

  7. The Philippines warming up to China. Smart on their part. What does the USA offer them aside from a steady supply of perverts? The USA will fight this nationalism with Jackals and failing that, with a staged revolution.

    • Duterte is well-schooled in CYA. The staged ‘revolution’ against Marcos is well known in the Philippines. Duterte is also prepared for that.

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