The White House said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement of his country's "separation" from the US was "offensive," as Duterte doubled down on his intent to turn away from Washington on foreign policy. 

 After White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday that Duterte's comments were "creating unnecessary uncertainty in our relationship" and hadn't been clarified, Duterte himself explained them in a way that will do little to ease US concerns or the sudden tensions between the allies of 70 years. 

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    its always your interest Americans.
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    now is the time that we Filipino will do what is best for our interest not yours.

"It is not severance of ties," Duterte said at a press conference Friday on his return from a state visit to China. "You say severance of ties, you cut the diplomatic relations. I cannot do that. I said separation -- what I was really saying was separation of a foreign policy."

WHITE HOUSE WANTED "SEPARATION" SHOULD BE DISCUSSED OR ELSE PH IS IN TROUBLE

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