Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzada raises questions about the relationship with U.S. saying, ''Maybe we should re-assess.'' Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
--STORY CONTAINS PROFANE LANGUAGE-- U.S.and Philippine troops take part in joint military exercises aimed at enhancing cooperation between regional allies. The exercises are taking place despite ongoing criticism of the U.S. by the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. On Monday Duterte said U.S. President Barack Obama should "go to hell" -- the latest rebuke stemming from U.S. concern about Duterte's deadly war on drugs. And now Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzada is also raising questions about the two countries' relationship. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PHILIPPINE DEFENCE MINISTER, DELFIN LORENZADA, SAYING: "Maybe we should re-assess (the relationship). Are we benefiting? Are we getting what we should be getting from alliance or the Americans as well? Is it time for us to look at other source of our materials? It is part of this growing up." Duterte was elected in May on a promise to wipe out drugs and drug dealers. Some 3,600 people have been killed in his anti-drugs drive -- raising concerns about human rights from the United States and raising questions about what course the relationship will take in future years.