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Philippine Presidential Candidate Threatens to Cut Diplomatic Ties with US

Rodrigo Duterte is favored to win the Philippine presidential election in May, and if he does, he says he is ready to cut ties with the United States and Australia – two of the country’s closest allies. The warning came after ambassadors from the two countries criticized Duterte for a joke he made about the rape and murder of a missionary during a jailhouse riot in 1989. “If I become president, go ahead and sever [diplomatic ties],” Duterte said during a campaign event Wednesday night....

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