The Times-Tribune

U.S. will work with Duterte


The United States said Sunday that it would work with the Philippine president to address any concerns after he threatened to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippine­s.

President Rodrigo Duterte was enraged after a U.S. government aid agency deferred a vote on a renewal of a major developmen­t assistance package for the Philippine­s over concerns about extrajudic­ial killings in Mr. Duterte’s war on illegal drugs, which has left thousands dead.

Although no decision on the aid package has been taken, Mr. Duterte on Saturday launched an expletives-laden tirade, telling the U.S. to “prepare to leave the Philippine­s, prepare for the eventual repeal or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.”

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