US Alliance Hangs In The Balance, Philippines Divided On Duterte

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The bombastic Philippines president is a nightmare for U.S. relations with the Southeast Asian nation, but not all officials share his anti-American sentiments.

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s calls for the removal of U.S. troops from the Southern Philippines, the Department of National Defense said Wednesday that American soldiers will not be pulled out of Mindanao, reports the Manila Times.

Walking back on the president’s comments, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana stated during a defense budget appropriations meeting that the Philippines will maintain its agreements with the U.S.

The U.S. and the Philippines are bound together militarily by the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

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