Ties are at a turning point, China tells Philippine delegation

Following Duterte's remarks, John Kirby, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, said that Manila has not sent an official demand asking for U.S. military personnel to leave the area.

President Rodrigo Duterte may soon reveal his next "thick" list of drug personalities since it has just passed "final validation".

The Philippines moved to shore up relations with the United States on Tuesday with guarantees that a treaty between them would be honored and that security ties were "rock solid", despite President Rodrigo Duterte's railings against Washington. As a candidate, he declared he would chart a foreign policy that would not depend on America, his country's treaty ally.

In 2002, the Philippines and the United States formed a Joint Special Operations Task Forces, to train Filipino troops in fighting terrorists in Mindanao.

Citing concerns over ISIS, Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte made it clear Monday that he wants USA troops out of his country. Details of the current USA military presence in the south were not immediately available.

Oh Ei-sun, a senior fellow with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said Duterte's expressed wish to buy Chinese arms could not be interpreted clearly while debate on the international tribunal ruling continues.

At an official ceremony on Monday, Duterte said United States special forces could become high-value targets for Abu Sayyaf rebels notorious for kidnapping and beheading foreigners. Washington's security priority has since shifted toward the South China Sea, where the Philippines in among several countries at odds with China.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is considering buying weapons from Russian Federation and China and ending joint patrols with US forces in the South China Sea.

"In a display of gross lack of national dignity, the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] has allowed the USA military to maintain an exclusive compound inside its main headquarters which is off-limits even to the top generals of the AFP", it claimed. American soldiers stood around the mass grave. Speaking before members of the Philippine Air Force during the 48th anniversary celebrations of the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing, the President said that the two countries have also agreed to provide the military equipment through soft loans. "We do not go into a patrol or join any other army from now because I do not want trouble", Duterte added. "But they have to go", he said, warning if Americans are seen in the region they will be taken hostage or killed.

The program has officially ended in early 2015 but despite the termination of the U.S. mission, some U.S. troops stayed in the country to assist in the counter-terrorism programs in the South.

"Elections have consequences. Elections do say a lot about what kind of person is going to represent your country on the global stage".

"I said to myself early on that this can not continue, and I would have to address, if it's human rights problem then we must discuss the entire gamut".

Mr. Duterte and Mr. Obama are far from friends or close allies.

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