The Philippines Doesn't Want the U.S., but It May Need It
Aug 10, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
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- If Washington conducts anti-terrorism drone strikes in Marawi City it would be a marked expansion of U.S. military involvement in the country.
- Even so, the Philippines will be able to maintain the relationship it has been fostering with China.
- Securing the Philippine maritime periphery is still very much an imperative for the Duterte administration, but that can't be done until the country gets its internal affairs in order — and Manila needs Washington to achieve that order.