Philippines says it wants to ‘break away’ from dependency on US

Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said in a statement on Thursday that “America has failed us,” a sharp rebuke against longtime ally the United States as President Rodrigo Duterte charts a new foreign policy course.

Yasay slammed the United States for holding on to “invisible chains that reined us in towards dependency and submission as little brown brothers not capable of true independence and freedom.”

“Breaking away from the shackling dependency of the Philippines to effectively address both internal and external security threats has become imperative in putting an end to our nation’s subservience to US interests,” he said.