The longstanding partnership between the Philippines and the U.S.
was abruptly thrown into doubt when President Rodrigo Duterte
announced that Manila was withdrawing from a Visiting Forces
Agreement with the U.S. The move would hinder bilateral military
activities, including the annual Balikatan drills. Above, U.S. and
Philippine marines engage targets on a live-fire range in the
Philippines during the 35th Balikatan drills in April 2019.
The Philippine government has tacked away...