Philippines terminates US troop agreement

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told the United States he is scrapping a bilateral Visiting Forces Agreement, following through on repeated threats to downgrade the defence alliance

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Defence ties between the Philippines and its former colonial ruler go back to the early 1950s and are governed by a Mutual Defence Treaty, which remains intact along with an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement made under the Obama administration.Duterte made the decision after the top commander of his war on drugs, former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, said his US visa had been rescinded over an issue related to the detention of a senator and top critic of Duterte.

It is the first time Duterte has scrapped an agreement with the US, having throughout his more than three years in office denounced Washington for hypocrisy and for treating the Philippines "like a dog on a leash".

 

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