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Worried foreign businesses told to go

President Duterte yesterday urged foreign businesses in the Philippines worried about his deadly drug war to “pack up and leave’’ as he launched another anti-American tirade before flying to Japan to attract investments.

Malacañang said yesterday that the Philippines is not breaking any of its established alliances, particularly with the United States, and assured American investors in the country that they have nothing to worry about and there is no need to pull out their businesses.

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America’s top diplomat for Asia said yesterday that President Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the US and other countries.

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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.

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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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