- Duterte putting strain on US-Philippines alliance, writes Mathew Davies
- An isolated Philippines could weaken US position in Asia Pacific, he says
- Davies: South China Sea ruling has upset China-Philippines relations
Dr. Mathew Davies is Head of the International Relations Department at The Australian National University. He specializes in Southeast Asian politics. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. The following article contains language that some readers may find offensive.
(CNN)Shortly after his landslide victory, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines received a phone call from President Obama. In that call, Obama emphasized the shared democratic values that tie the two countries together and underlie the US-Philippines alliance.