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Duterte won’t scrap military pact with US despite prior threats, Philippines defense minister says during Pentagon chief’s visit

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced the move on Friday, saying Duterte wouldn’t jettison the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with Washington, but added that he was unsure why the president had reversed his course.  “The VFA is in full force again after Secretary Austin’s meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte,” the defense …

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Former Philippines President Benigno Aquino III dies at 61

“It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of former Pres. Benigno Aquino,” Supreme Court justice Marvic Leonen, who was himself tapped for the role by Aquino, said in a statement on Thursday. Aquino was rushed to a hospital in Quezon City earlier on Thursday, …

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