Duterte warns on US arms de­pots

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MANILA: Philip­pines Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has ac­cused the US of build­ing “de­pots” in the Philip­pines to store live am­mu­ni­tion, warn­ing that he would ab­ro­gate a bi­lat­eral treaty if Wash­ing­ton was in­deed build­ing per­ma­nent struc­tures on Philip­pine soil.

“Here is my worry. They are mak­ing de­pots, they are un­load­ing arms in the Philip­pines now, in Palawan, Ca­gayan de Oro and Pam­panga,” he told a news con­fer­ence in the pres­i­den­tial palace.

“I am serv­ing no­tice to the armed forces of the US: Do not do it. I will not al­low it,” Duterte said, cit­ing a pro­vi­sion in the Vis­it­ing Forces Agree­ment that no per­ma­nent fa­cil­i­ties should be built on Philip­pines ter­ri­tory.

Duterte said a de­pot stocked with live am­mu­ni­tion was a mag­net for at­tack. Xin­hua –

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