Duterte not reneging on VFA termination: Wala na akong problema diyan
President Rodrigo Duterte is standing firm on his decision to abrogate the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

Duterte not reneging on VFA termination: Wala na akong problema diyan

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte is standing firm on his decision to abrogate the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

During a press briefing in Malacañang Monday evening, Duterte said terminating the VFA no longer needs Senate concurrence.

“They cannot compel me. I refuse to be compelled. I have terminated it. Tapos ang problema ko. Wala na akong problema diyan. Insofar as I am concerned, we are beginning to count the 180 days for them to pack up and go,” he also said.

“I am not reneging on the VFA and I am not going to America to discuss this with anybody.”

On Monday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Panfilo Lacson and Richard Gordon filed a petition before the Supreme Court, compelling Duterte to seek the Senate’s concurrence on the VFA termination.

Duterte ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs to end the 2-decade old defense agreement after the US canceled Senator Ronald dela Rosa’s visa.

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