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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he delivers a speech to the members of the Philippine Army during a visit at the army headquarters in Taguig city, metro Manila, Philippines October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco


MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday his country would not abrogate its existing treaties and would maintain all its military alliances, amid uncertainty over the future of security ties with the United States.

"We need not really break or abrogate our existing treaties because they say that it could provide us with the umbrella," Duterte said in a speech to the Philippines coastguard in Manila.

"We will maintain all military alliances because they say we need it for our defence."

It was not immediately clear who Duterte was referring to by his use of the term "they".

(Reporting by Martin Petty and Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)


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