US Marines arrive in an amphibious assault vehicle during US-Philippines war games promoting bilateral ties in 2019. Photo: Reuters
US Marines arrive in an amphibious assault vehicle during US-Philippines war games promoting bilateral ties in 2019. Photo: Reuters

Philippines extends suspension of VFA termination, eyes long-term defence pact with US

  • Manila has for the second time postponed its decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement that allows US troops to operate in the Southeast Asian nation
  • The Philippine foreign ministry says President Duterte ordered the extension ‘in appreciative recognition’ of Washington’s part in keeping the South China Sea stable

US Marines arrive in an amphibious assault vehicle during US-Philippines war games promoting bilateral ties in 2019. Photo: Reuters
US Marines arrive in an amphibious assault vehicle during US-Philippines war games promoting bilateral ties in 2019. Photo: Reuters
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