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After VFA termination, Duterte may scrap EDCA, too – Palace

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte may also scrap the country’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States (US), Malacañang said.

“The way his body language says mukhang ayaw niya na rin ‘yan. Considering na sinasabi niyang it’s about time we stand on our own, strengthen our resources, our capability,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told DZMM Thursday.

His statement came two days after the Department of Foreign Affairs notified the US government of the Philippines’ intent to end the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Signed in 2014, EDCA is an executive agreement that allows rotating US military presence in the Philippines.

“We cannot be relying forever, cannot be a parasite to every country na gusto nating tumulong sa atin,” Panelo added.

It can be recalled that Duterte previously hinted at the termination of EDCA.

“You have the EDCA. Well, forget it. If I stay here long enough, one day that EDCA will, if it’s an executive agreement then I will just…,” he said in a speech on October 25, 2016.

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