Duterte’s call to arms more bluster than threat

The Philippine leader's order to deploy troops to disputed South China Sea features was made more to appease his anxious generals than challenge China

Manila, April 7, 2017 3:34 PM (UTC+8)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) raises a clenched fist with military top brass as he visits troops in Nanagun, Lombayanague in Lanao del Sur in Mindanao island on November 30, 2016.
Photo: AFP / Richel Umel
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) raises a clenched fist with military top brass as he visits troops in Nanagun, Lombayanague in Lanao del Sur in Mindanao island on November 30, 2016. Photo: AFP / Richel Umel
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