Philippine Foreign Policy

Title:

 CHANGE OF HEART? Duterte on US: I’d rather be friendly to them now

Author:

Trisha Macas

Source:

GMA News

Date:

 September 28, 2017

Description:

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday changed his rhetoric against the United States, saying this time that he'd "rather be friendly to them now." At an event in Eastern Samar to commemorate the 116th Balangiga Encounter Day, Duterte said the Americans, which he has lambasted many times in the past, have "redeemed themselves a lot." "There are so many factors involved but I'd rather be friendly to them now because aside from these episodes of, I said, sad incidents, overall I think the Americans also redeemed themselves a lot," he said.

Tags: Philippines-US Relations, Duterte Foreign Policy, Military assistance