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A top American commander just said "there has been no change in anything with the Philippines" even if President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly criticized US President Barack Obama.
Duterte, meanwhile, hosted dinner for journalists on Tuesday, November 15, where he spoke about US President-elect Donald Trump and illegal immigrants in the US, Senator Leila de Lima and Ronnie Dayan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, he granted executive clemency to actor Robin Padilla.
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US-PH military cooperation 'intact'
Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against the US, a top American commander says their military relationship with the Philippines has not changed. But Harry Harris said there could be "a refocusing or a rescoping of some of the bigger exercises in 2017."
Duterte: Illegal immigrants face consequences under any admin
While President Duterte believes US President-elect Donald Trump will be "fair" in his treatment of illegal immigrants, the Philippine leader noted that "an illegal is always an illegal" – and could face consequences, regardless of who the US president is.
Where's Dayan? 'De Lima admission of affair not enough'
Robin Padilla gets executive clemency
100 feared dead in migrant boat tragedy