DHAKA, Philippines— The Philippines declared its independence from the United States of America and on Wednesday, it joined the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in becoming a republic.
President Benigno Aquino III announced the decision at the National Assembly, the Philippines’ legislature, where he announced the formal separation of the Philippines from the U.S. on Thursday morning.
Aquino, a former senator and presidential candidate, is expected to name the next Philippine president in the coming weeks.
A spokesman for Aquino’s office said he has been meeting with the U,S.
and Philippine leaders to discuss the split, but no final decision has been made.
The Philippines has said it will continue to be a separate country.
The U.K. and Canada said they welcomed the announcement, while Australia said it welcomed the change.
Canada is the Philippines largest trading partner and has the largest foreign aid budget.
A U.N. Human Rights Council investigation found the Philippine government used human rights abuses to control and manipulate the country’s economic growth and development.
A U.P. investigation of the killings of protesters in the capital Manila and other incidents has also drawn criticism.
The U.A.E. says the Philippines is guilty of gross violations of international human rights law.
The Philippines is not part of the U: Britain, Canada and Australia also have the United Nations as a permanent member.
But in recent years, the UPA’s government has sought to change the U’s position, including by removing the U from the list of non-permanent members of the United Nation.
In a statement on Wednesday the Philippines government called the UAP a “threat to the peace and stability of the region.”
It said it welcomes the USA as a full member of the World Trade Organization and as an observer of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which it says protects the environment.
The Philippine government has said the U is seeking to “impose its political interests” on the Philippines.
The country is also a member of Mercosur and is part of a U.T.O.-led grouping known as the South China Sea Forum.
The United States has called the Philippines a key regional player in the Asia-Pacific, and its top trade official, Robert Zoellick, said the country was an important economic partner for the U of A and U.B.T.’s regional schools.