Duterte won't cut diplomatic ties with U.S.


Posted at Oct 22 2016 02:55 AM | Updated as of Oct 22 2016 08:26 AM

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Despite announcing his "separation" from the United States, President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he won't cut the diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the United States.

"You have to take my words in the context of what I've been saying all along. It's not severance of ties because in severance of ties, you have to cut diplomatic relations. I cannot do that," Duterte said in a press conference following his arrival from a state visit to Brunei and China.

Duterte said he referred to foreign policy.