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Wed Feb 12, 2020, 08:45 AM

Duterte delivers deathblow to US-Philippine ties

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has effectively ended his country’s century-old alliance with the United States, a shock move that will have ramifications for the region’s strategic balance of power including in the hotly contested South China Sea.

The Philippines gave the US official notice on Monday (February 11) that it will abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a security pact that allows for the US to station troops on a rotational basis on Philippine soil and provides legal basis for hundreds of annual joint military exercises and activities.

Duterte opted to circumvent an anticipated formal multi-agency review of the VFA, surprising many of his top officials and political allies by his sudden executive decision to immediately scrap the pact.

The tough-talking Filipino leader had earlier threatened to nix the VFA in retaliation for US travel bans imposed on members of his inner circle for alleged human rights violations, including in the prosecution of his bloody war on drugs campaign.

The Presidential Palace, known as Malacañang, however, said the president’s abrogation decision was not made on a whim and was well-studied in advance.

https://www.asiatimes.com/2020/02/article/duterte-delivers-deathblow-to-us-philippine-ties/

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Gunslinger201 Feb 12 #1
uncledad Feb 12 #3
Gunslinger201 Feb 12 #4
uncledad Feb 12 #5
Da Mannn Feb 12 #2
Lowrider1984 Feb 12 #6
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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 08:53 AM

1. Now that Clark and Subic are gone

Who Cares?

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 09:43 AM

3. China.

Nothing to stop them from greasing the palms of Philippine elite and restoring both bases for their use.

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Response to uncledad (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 09:49 AM

4. Isnt Clark under a lot of Volcanic Ash?

China has their hands full of Kung Flu right now

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 10:00 AM

5. China hires locals for grunt work.

They are capable of building new airstrips on what was a nub of rock in the S China sea. I'm sure they can figure something out.

Kung flu hasn't peaked yet, even if they lose 20% of the population, it's a minor adjustment.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 09:29 AM

2. Was anyone surprised?

We could all see this coming years ago.

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Response to Troll2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 12, 2020, 02:45 PM

6. Oh, No!

Whatever will the local hookers do?
Who will drink all that booze?

Recession coming soon, Mr. Presidente'!

I guess we will have to move to Japan, Taiwan or South Korea.

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Wed Feb 12, 2020, 04:41 PM

7. Im gonna laugh so much when Duterte Sanchez wakes up one morning to find the PLAN has taken

all his little islands and he cant do shit about it because he's attached to Xi's cock like a remora

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