Duterte appeals to Marines for understanding, help

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo was at the Philppine Marines headquarters at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City Tuesday evening where he appealed for understanding for his recent moves — specifically on shifting foreign alliances and talking to the communists.

Duterte again took a swipe at the United States government and asked for understanding on why he'd want to forge better ties with its rivals — Russia & China.

"Kinakaya-kaya lang tayo ng mga Amerikano, binastos na ba," he said.

[Translation: The Americans are just pushing us around, they've been rude.]

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The President said there would come a time when the Philippines would be able to stand on its own, without need for foreign backup.

"This republic will be great... We will fight on our own, we will win as a country."

The President also explained why hosted a dinner wth communist leaders in Malacañang the other night. — saying the ongoing talks would be an opportunity to decades-old insurgency. If this would happen, he said, the military could then refocus its efforts against a new war in the horizon: terrorism.

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The commander-in-chief added he wanted the military to play a more active role against his flagship advocacy, the war on drugs.

"I am now calling you to be policemen also — to fight drugs," Duterte said.

As part of that paradigm shift, the president said he was planning to purchase short firearms for the 120,000-strong military — basically for them to be able to perform police duties.