- A top official of the United States visited the country to discuss issues with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.
- US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel arrived in the country to talk about the 'uncertainty' of the Philippines and US' relationship with government officials
- President Rodrigo Duterte previously pronounced that he is cutting off the military and economic ties with the US
After President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement regarding the 'separation' of the Philippines from the United States which apparently caused confusion, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel met with Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. to discuss the matter for clarification.
"I pointed out to Secretary Yasay that the succession of controversial statements and comments, and the climate of uncertainty about the Philipppines' intentions, have created consternation in a number of countries, not only in mine."
The US top official also stated that the friends of the Philippines are also concerned about the killings with a total of 4,442 since July 1 as President Duterte and his administration's war on drugs began.
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According to the US Embassy, Russel is in the country for a scheduled trip to meet with the officials from the government and to "have lunch" with the participants of Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
Russel also visted the Philippines to discuss the 'uncertainty' of the relationship of Philippines and the US after the statement of President Duterte on cutting the military and economic ties with the US according to White House Press Secretary John Earnest.
"Again, you all have extensively covered the kind of rhetoric that he has used. Some of it personal, some of it offensive, some of it confusing, all of it walked back by senior officials in his government," Earnest said, referring to the Philippine president.
In a previous interview, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg stated that the pronouncement of Duterte has caused "head-scratching" as he further explained that the language Duterte uttered has been heard by the US "but not from a friend and ally."