- The USA has yet to receive a formal request from the Philippine government with regard to the removal of the former's military troops in the country
- Duterte said that the USA is one of the reasons for the Muslim insurgencies in Mindanao
- The troops have been here since 2002
Although President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has publicly announced that he wants the US military forces removed from Mindanao, the USA has yet to receive a formal request from the government for a military pullout.
The US State Department spokesman John Kirby disclosed that they have not yet received any formal request for the removal of U.S. military personnel in the country. However, the department added that they are aware of the President’s comments regarding the matter.
Duterte was quoted as saying that “For as long as we stay with America, we will never have peace in that land (referring toMindanao).”
Kirby said he is “not aware of any official communication by the Philippine government to that effect and to seek that result.” With that said, the US is still committed to its partnership and alliance with the country.
It can be recalled that Duterte blamed the US for inflaming Muslim insurgencies in parts of Mindanao.
The President’s comment is his first with regard to the presence of American military troops in the country.
Duterte became the subject of headlines last week for several reasons, including calling President Barack Obama a “son of a bitch” and for skipping the meeting between Southeast Asian leaders and Obama at the Laos summit out of principle.
On other news, White House spokesman Josh Earnest disclosed that Duterte seems to blurt out "colorful comments." He added that he can be compared with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Duterte has been critical when it comes to America’s security policies even during the campaign period. It can be recalled that he would come up with his own foreign policy that does not depend on America.
As a backgrounder, it was in 2002 when the US military forces were deployed in the country for the purpose of training, advising, and providing intelligence and weapons to Filipino men in uniform battling Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines. However, last year, the American forces withdrew and only a smaller contingent of US advisers remained.
No deadline has been mentioned with regard to the matter. Duterte did not mention any deadline or say how he intends to pursue his wishes.
The Philippines was a colony of the United States between the years 1898 and 1946. -Kami Media