Drones in Davao? Palace mum on Duterte claim
MANILA - A Palace spokeswoman on Friday declined to comment on a report that Davao Mayor Duterte thumbed down a request by the United States government to use the old Davao airport for drones.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she is not privy to the details. She also said the use of facilities by the US undergo a process.
"There is a process that is to be followed and normally it passes through particular channels. May protocol din po silang sinusunod," Valte said.
Duterte earlier told reporters he rejected a US request to allow drones at the old Davao airport. He said deploying US drones from the airport could lead to trouble and killings.
Meanwhile, Valte said there is nothing final yet on the proposal for an increased rotational presence of US troops here.
"At this point, there is nothing final yet. I understand that they were able to discuss to undergo a first round yesterday of negotiations. However, as to the final form that the agreement will take, I don't have any details on that yet," she said.