- Last Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he is separating from the United States to realign with China
- US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed that he is positive that his country and the Philippines can work through their relationship
- Aside from Kerry, Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay was able to talk to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel regarding the matter
Another high-ranking US official made a statement regarding the status of their country's relationship with the Philippines, after President Rodrigo Duterte shocked the world that he is 'separating' from the most powerful country in the world.
John Kerry, the Secretary of State, released a statement that he is confident that the US and Philippines can 'work through' their relationship amid the confusion the tough-talking president has caused.
Through John Kirby, the State Department spokesman, Kerry expressed his worries on how the current Filipino president attacked the US again with his latest statement.
It has been known that Duterte has been a staunch critic of outgoing President Barack Obama with his infamous yet unintentional cussing that got misinterpreted by international media outlets.
Last Sunday, the Filipino president announced that he will be separating from the country's longest ally to forge better ties with China.
However, he clarified that is not really the case as he wants the Philippines to establish stronger allegiance with its fellow Asian countries.
Although Kerry was able to discuss to Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay about Duterte's controversial remark on the day he delivered it, it was followed up by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Russel who went to the country and met up with Yasay on Monday afternoon to tackle the issue.
Russel, who also serves as the the most senior US diplomat in Asia, stressed that his country will continue to fulfill its commitments to the Philippines such as providing security measures.
However, the US remains concerned over the killings brought about by Duterte's war on drugs and reiterated that there should be due process. Here is a clip of Russel's statement after his meeting with Yasay yesterday.