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No more troop agreements: Palace

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is not keen on turning to other countries for new military alliances, Malacañang said Thursday.

“As far as the President is concerned we will not rely anymore on any foreign country for our defense. We will have to strengthen our own resources,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told ANC.

Panelo said that Duterte feels it’s high time for the Philippines to stand on its own feet.

“We have to strengthen our own defenses against enemies of the state and this is the time for that. In fact, we should’ve abolished or abrogated [the VFA with the United States] a long time ago,” he added.

Asked if the country’s Status of Visiting Forces Agreement with Australia stays, Panelo said: “The existing ones will be there if there is no reason to terminate it.”

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