US President Donald Trump has shrugged off Duterte’s decision, saying it would save money [File: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not entertain any initiatives of US President Donald Trump to save a two-decade-old military agreement between the two countries, and favours the termination of all defence deals with the United States, including the Mutual Defense Treaty, his spokesman has declared.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo told reporters in Manila on Thursday that “reading the body language” of Duterte, it is “logical” what he wants to do next.

“To be consistent with his stand, then all treaties must go,” Panelo said. 


“If he says that we have to stand on our own and not rely [on others] that means we’ll have to strengthen

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