Duterte: I only want to see Filipino troops on PH soil

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte makes it clear — U.S. troops or any foreign forces should be out of Philippine soil.

Duterte made the statement during a pre-departure media briefing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Tuesday before leaving for a three-day official visit in Japan.

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It was in response to a question on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which allows U.S. troops to be stationed in the country on a rotational basis.

Duterte wants the deal reviewed, and if possible, revoked.

"I don't want to see any military man of any other nation except the Philippines soldier. Yan lang ang gusto ko [That's the only thing I want]," he said.

The President said this is in line with his call for an independent foreign policy as stated in the Constitution.

Article II, Section 7 of the Constitution states, "The State shall pursue an independent foreign policy. In its relations with other states the paramount consideration shall be national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest, and the right to self-determination."

No VFA even with Japan

Duterte said he is also against holding military exercises with Japan — an issue Malacañang earlier said could be taken up during the official visit.

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"I really hate it (war games). I don't want it. We don't need it . We're not going to war and there's not going to be any war in the future," the President said.

Section 2, Article II of the charter further states: "The Philippines renounces war as an instrument of national policy, adopts the generally accepted principles of international law as part of the law of the land and adheres to the policy of peace, equality, justice."

'Tone down rhetoric, pls.'

Duterte also said Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, after a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, had asked him about toning down the rhetoric against America as mentioned by the U.S. official.

But the President showed a newspaper headline quoting Russel as saying the anti-U.S. sentiments are sparking international distress.

This made Duterte mad.

"Kaliit-liit kong tao, bakit kayo ma-stress. Nerbiyoso kayo kasi guilty. Ayaw ko na sana (magmura). I promised (Yasay) I won't. Nung mabasa ko, sabi ko itong mga Amerikano buang talaga."

[Translation: I am but an insignificant person, why should I cause you stress. You are so jittery because you are guilty. I really wouldn't want (to flare up, curse). I promised (Yasay) I won't. But when I read this, I said these Americans are really out of their minds."

The President said he could invite Russel to a one-on-one talk.

"Dito mag-usap kami. Dalawa lang kami sa isang kwarto. I don't want anybody else.

[Translation: I will talk to him here. Only us, nobody else inside a room.]

Duterte reiterated he would only serve one master — the Filipino people and wouldn't be a "tuta" (lapdog) of another country.

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.