US says it will work with Duterte after latest outburst

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 8:43 PM
US says it will work with Duterte after latest outburst

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.S. says it will work with the Philippine president to address any concerns after he threatened to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte was enraged after a U.S. government aid agency deferred a vote on a renewal of a major development assistance package for the Philippines over concerns about extrajudicial killings in Duterte's war on illegal drugs.

Although no decision on the aid package has been taken, Duterte on Saturday launched an expletives-laden tirade, telling the U.S. to "prepare to leave the Philippines, prepare for the eventual repeal or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement."

The U.S. Embassy in Manila says in a statement Washington will work closely with the Duterte administration to address any concerns it may have.