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Duterte: ‘US-Philippines Military Collaboration Agreement is Toast’


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his intention to terminate his country’s ‘visiting forces agreement’ with the United States.

Duterte is said to be threatening to end the 1999 agreement after the US government cancelled a visitor’s visa for Philippino Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, a former national police chief, and close political ally of Duterte – supposedly over ‘human rights abuses.’

This is likely to set the scene for further geopolitical dramas between Manila and Washington, and in the shadow of China.

RT International reports…

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is “terminating” the Visiting Forces Agreement, which provides legal immunity to US military drills, in retaliation for the US canceling the visa of a political ally and fellow drug-warrior.

“The president said he is terminating the VFA,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told ABS-CBN News on Friday. “I asked for clarification and he said he is not changing his decision.” The agreement provides legal immunity for US soldiers conducting military exercises in the Philippines.

Enraged by the US decision to cancel the visa of former police chief and Senator Roland dela Rosa last month, Duterte had given Washington a month to fix its ‘mistake,’ refusing to back down even as other members of his government urged him to reconsider.

“I’m warning you… if you won’t do the correction on this, I will terminate the… Visiting Forces Agreement,” Duterte said last month, daring the US to call his bluff…

Continue this story at RT International

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