PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has clarified his recent statement on military cooperation between the United States and the Philippines.
On his arrival in Davao City from a two day working visit in Vietnam, Duterte said the annual US-PH war games will terminate during his term.
Earlier, the President said that the joint military exercises between US and Filipino troops this October will be the last.
“Yes, in my term. I do not know if that treaty would take some form. In my term, yes,” Duterte said when asked if he wants to terminate the joint military exercises between U.S. and Filipino military troops.
“I would not be using my entitlement as commander-in-chief. I will simply say it is foreign policy,” he added.
The annual Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) will be held from October 4 to 12 in multiple locations in Luzon, including Palawan, which fronts reefs and outcrops that are being contested by Manila and Beijing, according to a US Embassy statement.
Duterte lamented the apparent lack of technology transfer between the supposed military exercise partners.
“They ask for a joint maneuvers, operations, and yet there is no compatibility between the weapons and the armaments they use, and even the communications,” Duterte said.
He complained that US troops “do not share” technology with their Filipino counterparts.