Ending Philippine pact will hamper counterterrorism fight, says top US commander 

Asia-Pacific Admiral Philip Davidson's concerns run counter to US President Donald Trump's assertion that ending a defence treaty with the Philippines will save Washington money. – EPA pic, February 13, 2020.

A TOP US commander today warned that ending a security pact with the Philippines’ would hurt counterterrorism efforts in the country’s restive south, putting him at odds with commander-in-chief Donald Trump.

Washington’s top military officer in Asia-Pacific Admiral Philip Davidson said he hoped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to scrap a deal allowing US forces to be based in the country would be rethought.

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