Golez: The President is announcing his objection to the presence of American troops in the Philippines while ironically in Japan, a country that hosts around 50,000 US troops, plus 40,000 dependents and around 5,500 civilians employed by the US bases there: 2,445 Army, 22,108 Navy, 15,6888 Marines and 11,819 Air Force. The Japanese are fiercely nationalistic and understand what it takes to guarantee their national security. I quote from the article:
"(CNN)Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that he wants foreign troops to leave his country, possibly within the next two years.
"I want them out," he said. "And if I have to revise or abrogate agreements, executive agreements, I will."
"Speaking to business leaders in Tokyo during an official visit to Japan, Duterte warned that he would not be a "doormat" for the international community. But he also sought to reassure neighbors and allies that his state visit to Beijing a week ago was focused on trade, not security."