President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will keep in place existing agreements and military alliance with the US despite his plans to end all future joint military exercises with the long-standing ally. 

Speaking to the Philippine Coast Guard, Duterte reaffirmed that there will be no exercises next year, but the Philippines will maintain its military alliance with the US as the country’s foreign policy is undergoing restructuring. 

Part of Duterte’s new foreign policy is to seek closer ties with China and Russia. He will soon visit both countries, starting with a three-day visit to China from October 18-21. 

Duterte made the remarks during the commissioning ceremony in Manila of a new coast guard ship named “BRP Tubbataha”, which is one of the 10 multi-purpose patrol ships provided by the Japanese government earlier this year.-VNA