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US-Philippine defense pact lives on for another 6 months

Duterte to study 'concerns' regarding Visiting Forces Agreement

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech marking Philippine Independence Day on June 12. (Photo courtesy of the Philippines Presidential Communications Operations Office)

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the termination of a key military agreement with the U.S. by another six months, his foreign minister said late Monday, prolonging the uncertainties around one of the region's oldest defense alliances.

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