Overseas news, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) - recently, it was reported that President duterte of the Philippines had said in late January 2019 that he would terminate a military agreement with the United States, because the United States cancelled the tourist visa of his close political ally.
Russias satellite news agency reported Tuesday that Philippine presidential palace spokesman panero said Tuesday that duterte would order his senior diplomats to inform the United States that the Philippines is canceling a military agreement with the United States.
The agreement refers to the visiting Forces Agreement signed in 1999, which allows the U.S. military presence in the Philippines and regulates the conduct of military exercises between the U.S. military and its soldiers in the Philippines.
I spoke to him (duterte) this morning, and I said, Mr. President, Mr. odoro Rochin (Minister for foreign affairs of the Philippines), you have no instructions for writing a termination notice, panero said in a telephone interview
Ill have the executive secretary tell him to send the termination notice to the U.S. government, panero said, in response to duterte. In addition, although Rochin said on the 6th that the termination of the agreement will have a negative impact on the national defense and economic cooperation between the two countries, he pointed out on twitter that duterte has the right to terminate the agreement.
Duterte threatened to terminate the agreement after the US visa for Philippine Senator Ronald de la Rosa was cancelled, causing tension between the two countries. In fact, however, duterte has reshaped the relationship between the Philippines and the United States since taking office in 2016, according to the report.