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Palace sees ‘warmer’ PH-US ties after VFA termination: Susuyuin nila tayo

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By Prince Golez

The termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement will not negatively impact the Philippine-United States relations, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the VFA abrogation could improve bilateral ties and open up more opportunities for the Philippines.

“It remains warm, hopefully it could be warmer,” Panelo told reporters yesterday.

“Why? Because I’ve been noticing that who have been critical of the US government policies have been given the preferential attention of the US government. ‘Pag nababanatan sila, sinusuyo nila; iyong mga kakampi nila eh, inaapi nila. Parang ganoon ang dating eh,” he explained.

The Department of Foreign Affairs sent the termination notice on the VFA to the US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, weeks after Senator Roland dela Rosa, Duterte’s close ally, confirmed that his US visa had been canceled.

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