Philippines suspends abrogation of defence pact with US

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has suspended his decision to terminate a key defence pact with the United States (US), at least temporarily avoiding a major blow to one of America’s oldest alliances in Asia. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said on Tuesday he dispatched a diplomatic note to the US ambassador in Manila informing the US government that the Philippines is delaying its decision to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement by at least six months. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin