US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin walks past military honour guards in Manila on Friday. Photo: AFP US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin walks past military honour guards in Manila on Friday. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin walks past military honour guards in Manila on Friday. Photo: AFP

Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement with US in full force after Duterte ‘retracts’ termination letter

  • Duterte had threatened to cancel the VFA that allows for the rotation of US troops in and out of the Philippines
  • After meeting with Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, he decided against doing so, ensuring stability in Washington-Manila ties as the US tries to counter China’s rising influence

Topic |   The Philippines
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin walks past military honour guards in Manila on Friday. Photo: AFP US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin walks past military honour guards in Manila on Friday. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin walks past military honour guards in Manila on Friday. Photo: AFP
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