MANILA TRIM­MING US ARMY AL­LIANCE: MIN­IS­TER

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MANILA: Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has de­cided to re­tain the Philip­pines’ se­cu­rity al­liance with for­mer colo­nial power the US, ac­cord­ing to the coun­try’s de­fence min­is­ter, but joint mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties will be scaled back and less com­bat-fo­cused. Duterte has threat­ened re­peat­edly to cut de­fence pacts and end joint drills. But de­fence sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said the US se­cu­rity al­liance would not be scrapped. – Reuters

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