What's behind Duterte's U-turn on scrapping US defence pact

Throughout his presidency, Duterte has shown great sensitivity to the views of the Philippine defence establishment, from generals and officers to veteran diplomats and senior Cabinet members. – AP

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte is a minefield of unfathomable contradictions.

But if there is one thing that he has been consistent about throughout decades in politics, it is his long-simmering resentment against the West, particularly America's influence in the Philippines.

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