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.
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.