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by December 16, 2016 General

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told the United States to prepare for the eventual repeal of a military deal that allows Washington to deploy troops and equipment for exercises in the country.

Duterte also said the Philippines can survive “without American money” after a US aid agency put on hold a decision to fund anti-poverty programs in the country.

“We do not need you,” Duterte said in a news conference after arriving from visits to Cambodia and Singapore.

“Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA.”

© RAW 2016

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