Thursday, October 20, 2016

Philippine President Duterte announces 'separation' from the United States of America

Link to Article: Philippine President Duterte: 'I announce my separation from the United States' - LA Times

Summary: President of the Philppines, Rodrigo Duterte,  announces the Philippines' separation from the United States in terms of military and economics. However, United States representatives don't exactly know what Duterte meant when he announced this. One thing he stated was, "Maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world - China, Philippines, and Russia." He seems very sure that he does not want to be in association with the United States.

Connection: This connects to the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States that was sign on August 30, 1951. This treaty was made to have each of these countries agree to support each other if they were being attacked by any other nations. But since President Duerte stated what he said in his announcement, the treaty that was signed between these two nations may be broken.

Discussion Questions:
1. Do you think President Duterte will follow through with his plan? Why or Why not?

2. Why do you think Duterte made this decision?

3. Do you think this effects the US a lot or a little? Explain.  


  1. I don't think Duerte will stick with his plan. The U.S has a strong military so I don't know why he would separate from a strong military that can protect his country. But maybe he wants to join with Russia and China and make their own alliances with each other.

  2. I also don't think he will stick with his plan

  3. I agree with Michael that Duterte will not stick with his plan because of what the US has to offer. We have a strong military which would be very helpful.

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  5. While Duterte may go through with his plan, he will most likely have to eventually open back up to the US due to economic necessity. It seems that he is relying heavily on China as a trade partner, without trying to connect with anyone else. If Chinas market implodes, the Philippines will be in deep trouble, and forced to come back to the US. It is also helpful to consider that the US does not need the Philippines to survive, so they most likely will not care

  6. I do not think Duterte will go through with his plan. While he may sound rash, he is not stupid if he wants to keep his country alive. The U.S contributes in too many ways to completely sever connections with, whether that is economics, technology, or imports. I think Duterte is just frustrated and is making people scared if he can so things change to the way he wants them to be. The U.S is highly dependent, we have nothing to lose, but countries like the phillipines have everything to lose.

  7. I don't think he will go through with this plan. I agree with Vincent Lin, the U.S. is supporting the Philippines in too many ways to where if they were to separate, it would only hurt them. I think he is frustrated with the choice of presidents and their views on how the U.S. should be controlled. I don't think it will effect the U.S. a whole bunch, but it will hurt them with a little support for any wars. It will hurt everyone else the U.S. is supporting, if they feel the same way as the Philippines.

    1. Yes I agree with you about Duerte getting upset about the president candidates. Especially Donald Trump because he called the Philippines a terrorist country.