Power Play

In tussle for influence, US and China may have to woo another Duterte

As attention turns to who will succeed President Rodrigo Duterte, polls show his daughter is leading the race

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara signing the guest book at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem on Sept 3, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

With President Rodrigo Duterte entering his lame-duck year in office, the fate of a key military pact between the Philippines and the United States will be up to whoever succeeds him in May next year.

This pact, known as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), was signed in 1998. It gives legal cover to thousands of US troops who are rotated in the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.

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