Duterte Rebuffs Defense Department’s Claim of Approval of EDCA Provisions

Defense officials announced that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which includes exercises and the construction of facilities in key areas, would be fully implemented this year after getting the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte, however, contradicted this and said he would not allow US forces to build any permanent structure in the country. Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana then clarified that they are…

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