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Duterte: I will end deal if U.S. nukes found in Philippines

Christian Fernsby |
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he will “immediately terminate” a bilateral military deal with Washington if U.S. nuclear weapons are dumped in the Philippines.

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“I have made a declaration that we will adopt an independent foreign policy… I assured China that I will not allow nuclear armaments of America to be stored in the Philippines,” Duterte told a news conference at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City after receiving coronavirus vaccines from China.

Not because it will antagonize China but the Philippines Constitution prohibits the presence of nuclear weapons in the country, the president said in reply to a question about the possibility of the presence of US nukes in the Philippines.

“We do not want it… but I am warning you that if I get hold of… information that the nuclear armaments are here brought by you, I will immediately ask you to go out and I will terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement [VFA],” he said.

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