PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the Philippines won’t cut ties with its allies, a day after saying he wanted US Special Forces advising the Philippine military to get out of Mindanao.

“We are not going to cut our umbilical cord to countries we are allied with,” Duterte said in a speech before the members of the 250th Philippine Airlift Wing at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

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