US Marines seen during amphibious landing exercises at a military camp in Zambales province on April 11, 2019. File photo: Reuters

After Philippines scraps US defence pact, Rodrigo Duterte eyes Russian arms

  • An agreement for Russia to train and arm Philippine defence forces is in the ‘final stages’ of discussions
  • Analysts say Duterte’s pivot to Moscow will come at a cost to Washington ties, and is unlikely to serve as a hedge against Beijing
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US Marines seen during amphibious landing exercises at a military camp in Zambales province on April 11, 2019. File photo: Reuters
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Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles

Raissa Robles has written for the SCMP since 1996. A freelance journalist specialising in politics, international relations, business and Muslim rebellion, she has contributed to Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Daily Mail, Times of London, Radio Netherlands and Asiaweek. She runs the award-winning investigative and opinion blog, raissarobles.com. Her book, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again, a brief history of the dictatorship won the 2017 National Book Awards for Non-Fiction. Her Twitter handle is @raissawriter.