During a speaking engagement, the president assured that the country will continue its strategic partnership with the US, GMA News reported.
“We are not going to cut our umbilical cord with the countries that we are allied now… I am not anti-American. We are not severing our ties, military ties. Nandiyan iyan eh,” he said.
However, Duterte said he also intends to strengthen ties with other nations, presumably China which recently offered to help in the construction of drug rehabilitation centers in the country.
“As I said earlier, I am not cutting ties with anybody. But as suggested by your commanders, which I also believe in, that we should be everybody's friend,” he said.
The statement comes after Duterte said he wanted the American special forces out of Mindanao as they were potential targets for the Abu Sayyaf group.