Angry over American troops' involvement in the war against insurgents in the southern Philippines, activists clash with police and torch an effigy of Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte. No reporter narration.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Around a thousand activists scuffled with police and burned an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump and his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (September 15) over American involvement in the battle against militants in Marawi. Firebrand Duterte has been known for his profanity-laden tirades against the U.S. due to its criticism of his bloody war on drugs, but left-wing activists, some from indigenous groups, say he continues to be a "puppet" for not abrogating defence treaties and allowing American military assistance in Marawi. The U.S military lent P.3. Orion spy planes and technical staff to its Philippine counterparts in June to combat pro-Islamic State militants in Marawi, in a conflict that has killed more than 800 people. Duterte has upended Manila's relationship with long-time ally Washington, courting its strategic rivals China and Russia, upon taking office in 2016, but after Trump's election, the Filipino president has repeatedly said the business mogul praised his anti-narcotics campaign and once told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson he is America's "humble friend".