WHY U.S. MIGHT JUST DROP PH
While President Rodrigo Duterte is loudly contemplating about breaking away from the United States, it is helpful to know and understand the view from the other side.
Before arriving in the PRC Philippine President Duterte declared “I am not breaking away. I just want to be friendly with everybody.” That’s actually a reasonable objective. Washington should emphasize that it has decided to update the relationship to reflect current realities, not punish Duterte. In fact, America would be following his lead by stepping back and allowing the Philippines as an independent nation to take over responsibility for its own future.