The Philippines is a country in South East Asia. Its capital is Manila, and its biggest city is Quezon City. It is a member of the UN and the WTO. The Philippines is an emerging economy, relying on services and manufacturing.
There are many indications that ISIS, or ISIS-inspired entities, are looking to renew their armed insurgency in the Philippines. As is typically the case, wherever ISIS goes, the US military is not too far behind.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte isn’t ruling out that the US might be very annoyed and consider his decision to procure weapons from China and Russia a threat, after Washington refused to supply Manila with arms.
Rodrigo Duterte, leader of the Philippines, has said that he no longer has the energy to run the country and will seek to retire early instead of completing his term as president. “I will not wait until 2022,” he claimed.
The Philippines is not concerned about Chinese military bases in the South China Sea, which are aimed to counter US influence, Rodrigo Duterte said, emphasizing that Manila can solve any disputes with Beijing diplomatically.