Philippines’ Duterte Seeks Friendship with China and Russia, Then ISIS Attacks Mindanao

It was another one of those stories that shows why alternative or new media exists: legacy media reported it, if barely, but skipped over the geopolitical implications. In late May Rodrigo Duterte, the strongman president of the Philippines who has been widely lambasted for human rights abuses both real and alleged from a brutal counter narcotics campaign, visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. The characteristically blunt Filipino leader could not have been more plain: his country was under attack by ISIS terrorists, and therefore he would have to cut his visit to Moscow short, but speaking to RT last year, Duterte boasted: “I have a new friend with lots of weapons” -- Russia.

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