Philippines stoking outrage in Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The mood in Washington toward a key Asian ally, the Philippines, is hardening as the body count mounts in a drug war and the Philippines' president continues to issue inflammatory statements.

Influential U.S. lawmakers are warning that the extra-judicial killings in the island nation's drug war could affect American aid. President Rodrigo Duterte is comparing the death toll to the Holocaust.

The Obama administration maintains that its 65-year-old alliance with the Philippines remains "ironclad," but a senior U.S. diplomat is cautioning Duterte against more anti-U.S. posturing.

The top diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Russel, tells The Associated Press it would be a "serious mistake" in a democratic country like the Philippines to underestimate the power of the public's affinity for the U.S.

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