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Minister: Philippines Scaling Back, Not Scrapping, Military Work with US

President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to retain the Philippines' security alliance with former colonial power the United States, according to the country's defense minister, but joint military activities will be scaled back, and less combat-focused. Duterte has threatened repeatedly to cut defense pacts and end joint drills involving thousands of soldiers, after lashing out at criticism by the Obama administration for his war on drugs, a centerpiece policy that has killed more...

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