ASEAN Relations

Title:

 Duterte: You'll see me more often in China

Author:

Pia Ranada

Source:

Rappler

Date:

September 22, 2016 

Description:

MANILA, Philippines – During a speech devoted largely to castigating the European Union, United States, and United Nations, President Rodrigo Duterte said he will likely be seen visiting China more often. "You will see me more often in China," said Duterte on Thursday, September 22, during a speech at a new Misamis Oriental power plant.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy, Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking

Title:

 Beyond an Independent Foreign Policy for the Philippines

Author:

Victor Manhit

Source:

Business World Online

Date:

September 21, 2016 

Description:

For several months now, President Duterte has indicated that he would improve the Philippines’ relations with China and reduce his predecessor’s enthusiasm for the United States. To borrow a phrase from Washington, Duterte is “rebalancing” the country’s foreign policy. More than a simple warming of ties, his overtures have even extended to offering to buy Chinese-made weapons for the military.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-China Relations, Philippine Foreign Policy, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Duterte Foreign Policy

Title:

 We need US for South China Sea – Duterte

Author:

Christina Mendez

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 September 21, 2016

Description:

President Duterte has apparently mellowed even further on his sentiments about the United States, reiterating yesterday he did not seek the pullout of American forces as the Philippines would need its ally in defending the country from intrusions in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea. “I said there will be some time in the future that I will ask the US special forces to get out, almost 117 of them, better that you get out so that I can talk peace… and so I can show that you are not there,” he said in a speech before the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army in Mawab, Compostela Valley.

Tags: South China Sea, West Philippine Sea, Philippines-US Relations

Title:

 Philippines eyes talks with China sans preconditions

Author:

Jose Katigbak

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

September 18, 2016

Description:

WASHINGTON – The Philippines is quietly making arrangements through diplomatic channels for bilateral talks with China without any preconditions to discuss their competing claims in the South China Sea and West Philippine Sea, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said. “The important thing is that we talk,” he told Filipino community members at a meeting in the Philippine embassy in Washington on Friday.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, West Philippine Sea, Perfecto Yasay, Bilateral Talks

Title:

 Duterte rejects joint patrols, eyes China weapons

Author:

Jim Gomez (Associated Press)

Source:

The Philippine Star

Date:

 September 14, 2016

Description:

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he won't allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his predecessor reached with the US military earlier this year.

Tags: News, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte

Title:

 Duterte Seeks Arms From China, Ends Joint Patrols With U.S.

Author:

Norman Aquino

Source:

Bloomberg

Date:

September 13, 2016

Description:

In a televised speech Tuesday before military officers in Manila, Duterte said that two countries -- which he didn’t identify -- had agreed to give the Philippines a 25-year soft loan to buy military equipment. Later, he said that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and “technical people” in the armed forces would visit China and Russia “and see what’s best.” While Duterte said he didn’t want to cut the “umbilical cord” with his allies, the remarks were the latest to signal a shift away from the Philippine-U.S. defense treaty in place since 1951. Since engaging in a public spat with U.S. President Barack Obama last week, Duterte has denounced American military killings during the early days of colonial rule and called for U.S. forces to leave the southern island of Mindanao.

Tags: Philippines-China Relations, joint drills, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte, Russia, Delfin Lorenzana

Title:

 Philippine president expresses regret for using a profanity to describe Obama

Author:

The Associated Press

Source:

CBC News

Date:

 September 6, 2016

Description:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret Tuesday over his "son of a bitch" remark while referring to President Barack Obama, in a rare display of contrition by a politician whose wide arc of profanities has unabashedly targeted world figures including the pope and the UN chief.

Tags: News, Obama, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte

Title:

  Is Duterte Upending Philippine Foreign Policy?

Author:

Richard Javad Heydarian

Source:

Council on Foreign Relations

Date:

 September 1, 2016

Description:

While the world is transfixed by the Duterte administration’s ‘shock and awe’ crackdown on the drug trade, which has drawn global condemnation for its alleged widespread use of extrajudicial killings yet enjoys significant domestic support, the newly-inaugurated President Rodrigo Duterte, a self-described ‘socialist’, is also shaking up Philippine foreign policy. So far, however, under the country’s new firebrand leader, the country has seen more change than continuity in its foreign policy.

Tags: Commentary, Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy