Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte steps out of his limousine upon arrival at Merdeka Palace to meet Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, saying he was "not a fan" of the United States, vowed Saturday to steer an independent course for the key Asian ally and refrain from confronting territorial rival China.The U.S., Manila's main military ally and the Philippines' colonial ruler until 1946, has criticized Duterte's brutal crackdown on crime, which has claimed 3,000 lives since he took office in July and drawn condemnation from the United Nations.Obama has urged the Filipino leader to conduct his crime war "the right way" and protect human rights, but Duterte has dismissed it as being none of America's business.On Friday during an overnight visit to Indonesia, Duterte announced China had pledged to help build drug rehabilitation centers to treat Filipino crystal meth users.
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