Philippines “can live” without U.S. military aid: defense chief


Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says that his country can get by without U.S. military aid.

Lorenzana made the remarks at a foreign correspondents’ forum where he also called for a reassessment of relations between the Philippines and the United States.

The Philippine defense secretary also noted that he agreed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s repeated assertion that the U.S. had failed the Philippines.

Lorenzana said he favors a review of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement which Manila and Washington signed in 2014.

U.S. and Philippine defense and military officials are to meet later this month to thrash out issues concerning military-to-military ties between the two nations.


U.S. Marines on board an amphibious assault vehicle participate in the Mechanized Assault Drill as part of the 206 Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) in Zambales province, the Philippines, Oct. 7, 2016. (Xinhua/ Rouelle Umali)


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