MILITARY

Duterte says he ordered preparations for US drills scrapped

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the Philippine Coast Guard's 115th anniversary celebration which was highlighted by the commissioning of its vessel from Japan the BRP Tubbataha, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte said he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to scrap the high-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the Philippine Coast Guard's 115th anniversary celebration which was highlighted by the commissioning of its vessel from Japan the BRP Tubbataha, Wednesday Oct. 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte said he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to scrap the high-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte waves from the deck as he tours the newly-commissioned Philippine Coast Guard vessel the BRP Tubbataha during its 115th anniversary celebration Wednesday Oct.12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte said he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to scrap the high-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance. Duterte, however, reiterated that he will not abrogate a 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Washington. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte waves from the deck as he tours the newly-commissioned Philippine Coast Guard vessel the BRP Tubbataha during its 115th anniversary celebration Wednesday Oct.12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte said he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to scrap the high-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance. Duterte, however, reiterated that he will not abrogate a 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with Washington. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to coast guard officers as he tours the newly-commissioned vessel BRP Tubbataha  during its 115th anniversary celebration Wednesday Oct.12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte said he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to scrap the high-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to coast guard officers as he tours the newly-commissioned vessel BRP Tubbataha during its 115th anniversary celebration Wednesday Oct.12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Duterte said he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to scrap the high-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

The Philippine president says he has instructed his defense chief not to prepare for joint exercises with the U.S. military next year as he moved to realize his threat to remove the highest-profile symbol of his country's treaty alliance with Washington.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, reiterated Wednesday that he will not abrogate a 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty with the U.S. He has said, however, that he'll chart a foreign policy not dependent on Washington.

Duterte says: "I insist that we realign, that there will be no more exercises next year, 'Do not prepare,' I told Defense Secretary Lorenzana."

Duterte also wants U.S. forces out of the south and has opposed joint patrols with the U.S. Navy in the disputed South China Sea.