Duterte threatens to terminate VFA if US doesn’t ‘correct’ Dela Rosa’s visa cancellation: Tapusin ko yang p*tang i*a!
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte threatened on Thursday to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States if the latter does not reverse its cancellation of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s US visa.
“Now they won’t let Bato go to America. I’m warning you. This is the first time. ‘Pag hindi ninyo ginawa ang correction diyan, one. I will terminate the Bases Visiting Forces Agreement. Tapusin ko ‘yang p*tang i*a. I’m giving notice and they begin to count. I’m giving government and the American government one month from now, for us to talk. I will terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement,” Duterte said in a speech delivered in Leyte.
The President added that US senators who voted in favor of a resolution calling for the release of Senator Leila de Lima will be denied entry to the Philippines.
“Second, I will ban the senators who voted for that resolution in the committee level from entering the Philippines in addition to Senator Dublin and (Leahy).
“This is just in honor of my sentiments for the people, the Filipinos, the children, and the wives that they killed. They refuse to believe De Lima is a criminal, that she was collecting money to use in her campaign. She’s ambitious. She wanted to run for senator because she wanted to run for president,” he said.