Duterte Threatens to Expel E.U. Diplomats from Philippines

“The statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union,” the statement said.

Mr. Duterte is known for off-the-cuff speechmaking, and it was not immediately clear on Thursday if his threats were serious or simply bluster.

He said that, as president, he alone controlled the nation’s foreign policy, and that he could cut ties with any country at any time.

The scene of a shooting in Manila this month. Thousands of people have been killed in the country’s drug crackdown.

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