UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte decided to cancel the 1998 agreement with the United States, which gave thousands of US troops the right to legally reside in the country, according to the British newspaper The Guardian.
“The time has come when we will begin to rely on ourselves. We will strengthen our defense and will not rely on another country,” said Presidential Representative Salvador Panelo.
Duterte instructed the Foreign Minister of the Philippines to convey to the United States a note on termination of the agreement.
Duterte’s decision became known after the US authorities revoked the visa of one of the closest associates of the Philippine president, Senator Ronald of the Rosa case.
However, mutual military assistance agreements between the United States and the Philippines and an agreement on expanded defense cooperation remain in force.
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