The Heat: Philippines ends US military agreement

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Earlier this month, the Philippines sent a letter to the United States ending the Visiting Forces Agreement or VFA.  That security pact allowed the presence of US troops in the country, for joint exercises and training, as well as cooperation in counter-terrorism. The decision by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte was announced after the United States canceled a visa for one of his political allies. Asked if scrapping the VFA was a knee-jerk reaction, Duterte claimed the Philippines should not need the help of other countries to survive.

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