Duterte Can Cut U.S. Defense Ties, But It Would Take Awhile: Q&A

In his more than three years as Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte has made a habit of casting doubt on the future of his country’s longstanding defense ties with the U.S., usually in response to U.S. concerns about his deadly drug war. Now he’s taken the first step, having served notice that he intends to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement next year. But whether he he has the constitutional authority to make such a move without Congress is a question pending before the nation’s highest