Rodrigo Duterte, in Japan, calls for U.S. troops to exit Philippines in two years

The New York Times
October 26, 2016

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Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath as he is sworn in as the 16th President of the Philippines on June 30, 2016. / Public domain photo by Presidential Communications Operations Office of the Philippines.

Although President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is voicing his desire to remove American troops from the country, American allies in Japan who are hosting Duterte this week are in a position to possibly influence that mindset, Sasakawa USA’s Dr. Jeffrey Hornung said in a New York Times article on October 26.

“Japan is in a position right now — and Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe specifically — to really remind him of the importance of the United States, but also to provide a venue to let him blow off some steam,” Hornung said in the article authored by Motoko Rich.

The article details President Duterte’s trip to Japan, along with comments he made while there that continue his narrative of seeking to get foreign troops out of his country, and possibly revoking base-hosting agreements in the process.

Read the full article here.



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