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US seeks clarity on PH ‘separation’

US State Department spokesman John Kirby said President Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks declaring a separation from the United States are “inexplicably at odds with the very close relationship” between the two countries.

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday his country would not rely on long-term security ally the United States, signaling greater independence from Washington in dealing with China and the disputed South China Sea.

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