Duterte to tone down US ties; bars Cabinet from traveling to US

Aileen Cerrudo
President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is slowly toning down the Philippines’ relations with the United States (US) and told his Cabinet members not to travel to the US.

This was after the US government cancelled the visa of former Philippine National Police chief and now Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa.

“I am slowly toning it down and I said, as a corollary of Dela Rosa’s canceled visa, para sa akin lahat na lang. I don’t know about the Senate and Congress. They are not under my jurisdiction. But iyong mga Cabinet member ko (my Cabinet members), I will ask them to not to go to the United States, in the meantime. Parang boycott (Like a boycott),” he said.

Duterte said he will also cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) of the Philippines with the United States.

“I am terminating. I was not joking. The day I said it was the day that I decided it should be terminated,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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