Duterte lashes out at US again, says don't treat the Philippines 'like a dog with a leash'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte interacts with reporters during a news conference upon his arrival from a four-day state visit in China.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte interacts with reporters during a news conference upon his arrival from a four-day state visit in China. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (REUTERS) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the United States on Tuesday (Oct 25), saying he did not start a fight with Washington and it could forget about a military agreement between both countries if he were to be in power longer.

Mr Duterte said he was against the presence of any foreign troops in his country and the United States could "forget" an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the Philippines, if he stayed longer, without elaborating.

The United States, he said, should not treat the Philippines"like a dog with a leash", adding to confusion about the future the long-time allies' ties.

"I look forward to the time when I no longer see any military troops or soldier in my country except the Filipino soldiers," Mr Duterte said prior to his departure to Japan.