Duterte hits out at US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the US on Tuesday, saying he did not start a fight with Washington and it could forget about a military agreement between both countries if he were to be in power longer.

Mr Duterte said he was against the presence of any foreign troops in his country and the US could “forget” an Enhanced Defence Co-operation Agreement (EDCA) with the Philippines, if he stayed longer, without elaborating.

The US, he said, should not treat the Philippines “like a dog with a leash”, adding to confusion about the future of the longtime allies’ ties.

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