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× ‘Irresponsible’ to invoke MDT with US over Recto Bank incident - Panelo

Invoking the Philippines' Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States following the collision of Filipino and Chinese vessels near Recto Bank was "imprudent" and "irresponsible," Malacañang said.

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