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Philippine president reverses decision to end US defense pact during Austin’s visit


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has withdrawn a longstanding threat to cancel a defense agreement that allows U.S. military forces to train in his country. The decision on the Visiting Forces Agreement, or VFA, was announced by Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at a joint press conference Friday with

“The president decided to retract or rescind the VFA termination,”

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