Philippine leader terminates troop agreement with US

Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

In a bid to be more militarily independent, the Philippines announced on Tuesday it'll scrap the US troops arrangement.

"It's about time we rely on ourselves, we will strengthen our own defences and not rely on any other country," Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman told a regular briefing, quoting the president.

A formal notice has been sent to the US to scrap a bilateral Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which accorded legal status to US troops to enter the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance.

According to reports, Duterte made the decision after the US States rescinded the visa of one of his close allies.

Throughout his time in the office, the Philippine leader has raised objection to the military agreement with the US, even denouncing Washington for treating the Philippines "like a dog on a leash".

More from International

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • Extra Time

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Chris & Robbie bring you the latest from the sporting world plus interviews with upcoming and legendary sporting stars.

  • The Night Shift with Mark Lloyd

    8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Musicians and music, entertainers and entertainment, industry gossip and songs selected by you, get ready to bring your night time to life!

On Dubai Eye

  • Dubai Eye 103.8: On The Frontline

    Dubai Eye 103.8's Georgia Tolley speaks to the Emirate's top doctors and health officials to find out why the UAE is winning the fight against COVID-19.

  • Mark's Summer Bucket List

    Mark Lloyd has been giving you ideas to keep you busy this summer, from staycations to online improv workshops!

Business Breakfast