Philippines cancels major security pact with U.S.Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 12, 2020
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a two decade old defense agreement with the United States yesdteray, throwing one of Washington's most important security alliances in Asia into disarray.
Defense in Asia Rodrigo Duterte
Topics: Philippines security U.S.
Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said Duterte told the U.S. Embassy in Manila in a letter on Tuesday that he intended to terminate the agreement, which would expire in 180 days unless both nations decide to keep it.
"As the president said, it's about time we rely on our own resources," Panelo told a news conference. "We have to strengthen our own capability as a country relative to the defense of our land." ■