– Duterte Turns Back On US, Orders Philippines To Buy Weapons From Russia And China:
In an abrupt departure from his nation’s longstanding military reliance on the U.S., Duterte said the Philippines would pursue “independent” policies separate from US interests in the region, and ordered his defense secretary to seek military gear from suppliers in China and Russia. In another dramatic shift, he also said that the Philippines would stop patrolling the South China Sea alongside the U.S. Navy, to avoid upsetting Beijing.
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