Duterte: US Spec-Ops must leave Mindanao

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    Duterte: US troops should stay out of Mindanao
    'I do not want a rift with America but they have to go,' says President Duterte
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    Pia Ranada

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    Published 5:34 PM, September 12, 2016

    Updated 5:34 PM, September 12, 2016

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    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not want the presence of US Special Forces in Mindanao.

    "Kaya 'yang mga special forces (Those special forces), they have to go. They have to go. In Mindanao, maraming mga puti doon (there are lots of white people there)," Duterte said during a speech in front of new appointees on Monday, September 12, in Malacañang Palace.

    Duterte said this after presenting images of United States operations in Mindanao at the start of the 20th century in which American troops were bent on pacifying Moro rebels. The President showed images from a "US archive" of US soldiers violently killing Moro rebels.

    After mentioning the US "special forces," Duterte said he has long wanted to "review foreign policy."

    "'Di ko lang masalita noon (I just couldn't say so) out of respect or I do not want a rift with America but they have to go," he added.



    Deactivated

    The Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) was a contingent of US troops, including Special Forces, that was set up to fight terrorism in the Philippines in 2002.

    But it was deactivated in February 2015. Its mission was "to advise and assist Philippine security forces at the tactical, operational and strategic levels against violent extremist organizations throughout the southern Philippines," according to the US embassy.

    A small group of US soldiers have stayed in the Philippines to help the Philippine military and police in their operations against the Abu Sayyaf and terrorists. Some of them, for example, had helped gather intelligence that led to the Mamasapano operation in 2015 against alleged Malaysian bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, according to high-level government sources. The operation killed Marwan and 44 elite cops.

    The US troops have a rotating presence in the region as part of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) which the Philippine government signed with the US government.

    Duterte previously said he would implement the EDCA after the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality.


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