By Prince Golez
Malacañang is confident that the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) can defend the government’s termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States at the Supreme Court.
Several senators are hinting at filing a petition questioning the move of President Rodrigo Duterte before the top court.
“Definitely! Kayang-kaya ni SolGen (Jose) Calida ‘yun!” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Panelo maintained that the decision of Duterte to end the two-decade-old military pact does not require Senate concurrence.
“Well, as far as we are concerned in the Executive, there is no need for a concurrence in the Senate because the Constitution, if it’s clear to them, it’s also clear to us,” the Palace official said.
However, Panelo asserted the lawmakers’ right to question the VFA abrogation.
“Well, that is their right, if they have any constitutional issue to be raised and they are uncertain of what the Constitution really means, that is the job of the Supreme Court to tell us if they are right or wrong,” he said.