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Philippine President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Monday, he had discussed extension of a joint military agreement with the U.S. envoy of a defense ally.
Marcos, 64, who will take power of office in late June, said he discussed with the U.S. envoy about the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and how to redefine it in the changing regional pattern, as well as funding for mitigating climate change. “We would welcome any assistance for the economy that we can get from the United States,” Marcos said at a press conference “It’s trade, not aid.”
The VFA provides the legal framework within which U.S. military can operate on Philippine territory and is a focus of dispute under current President Rodrigo Duterte, who has repeatedly threatened to abolish it.
“Certainly, security issues have always been an important part of our relationship with the United States,” Marcos said.
Analysts estimate Marcos to look for close ties with China, which could complicate his relations with Washington, his military and the Philippine public which love the United State.
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