No message received from Philippines about changing alliance: White House

October 26, 2016 12:38 PM EDT

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech as Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe listens to it during a banquet at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan October 26, 2016. REUTERS/David Mareuil/Pool

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has received no formal communication from the Philippines government about making specific changes to the alliance between the two countries, the White House said on Wednesday during a regular news briefing.

Earlier in the day during a visit to Japan, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated comments about his country's ties with long-time ally Washington, saying he might end defense treaties.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Eric Walsh)

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