The Philippines has been an important ally in the Asia-Pacific region for the U.S.
But Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte -- known for his controversial comments and unorthodox way of governing -- has suggested more than once that his country is ready to move away from the U.S., potentially ending decades of alliance.
Last week, the Philippines announced plans to explore collaborating with Russia on a range of issues. Duterte is also planning a visit to Moscow in early 2017, at the invitation of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The sudden souring of relations between the U.S. and the Philippines aside, Duterte did express some optimism about working with President-Elect Trump. How would the two get along? And how should the new Trump administration work with Duterte and the Philippines?
Vicente L. Rafael, a professor in history and an expert on the Philippines in the University of Washington
Ali Wyne, a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and an expert on the Asia Pacific region