Filipino left-wing activists demand withdrawal of U.S. troops in the Philippines. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Hundreds of left-wing activists rallied in Manila on Friday (October 21) to demand the withdrawal of U.S. troops in the Philippines. Demonstrators burned a replica of a U.S. flag as they called on the government to terminate military agreements with Washington. "We are calling on the president to remain steadfast in his pronouncements separating from the United States and pursuing an independent foreign policy, and an independent track towards development," New Patriotic Alliance Secretary General Renato Reyes said. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced at a meeting with business leaders in Beijing earlier this week that he would "separate" from the United States and realign with China and Russia. Duterte's tone towards China is in stark contrast to the language he has used against the United States, after being infuriated by U.S. criticism of his bloody war on drugs. He has called U.S. President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" and told him to "go to hell". On Wednesday, about 1,000 anti-U.S. protesters gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila calling for the removal of U.S. troops from the southern island of Mindanao.