VFA repeal could hurt fight vs terrorism

Top US commander warns PH: VFA repeal could hurt fight vs terrorism in Mindanao

SYDNEY, Australia — A top US commander warned Thursday that ending a security pact with the Philippines’ would hurt counter-terrorism efforts in the country’s restive south, putting him at odds with commander-in-chief Donald Trump.

Washington’s top military officer in Asia-Pacific Admiral Philip Davidson said he hoped President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a deal allowing US forces to be based in the Philippines, would be rethought.

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