President Duterte on Monday said the country would keep its close ties with the US despite recent calls of some American lawmakers for a probe into the government’s war against illegal drugs.

During his latest public address, Duterte disclosed that the country maintains close affinity with the US government due to a similar “outlook in geopolitics in South East Asia.”

He issued the statement after he decided just last week to retract his earlier abrogation of the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US government.

Duterte said he opted to keep the VFA as  “concession” for US’s donation of 3 million doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccine.

This was on top of the 1.6 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine received by the country from the US government through the Vaccines Global Access (Covax) facility.

“I would like to thank United States President Biden for not forgetting us,”…

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