President of the state Rodrigo Duterte said that in this way, he thanks the United States for supplying the American drug to Moderna.
The Philippine authorities have restored the agreement with the United States on the deployment of American troops on their territory in gratitude for the supply of coronavirus vaccines. This was stated by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, whose words were quoted on Tuesday by the Manila Bulletin newspaper.
“Let’s thank the United States for this [the supply of the coronavirus vaccine]. I gave them something like a concession. I see the restoration of the agreement on foreign forces as gratitude for this,” Duterte said.
He said that he would personally go to the airport to meet a new batch of the drug from the American company Moderna.
On February 11, the Philippines announced to the United States the termination of a bilateral military agreement that had been in force since 1998. This document allowed the US military to stay in the Philippines and regulated the joint exercises procedure. At the end of July, the defense ministers of the Philippines and the United States announced the restoration of this treaty.