Cabinet men take up VFA termination Friday
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra is set to meet with fellow Cabinet secretaries this Friday morning, January 31, to discuss the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States.Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “The Cabinet cluster on security, justice and peace will still meet on Friday to deliberate and make recommendations to the President,” he told reporters on Tuesday, January 28. Guevarra said that Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete also met with the Presidential Commission on the VFA on Monday, January 27, to discuss about the same issue. “But no firm recommendations yet,” the Secretary disclosed. Last week, Malacanang ordered the DOJ to conduct a study on the procedures concerning the termination of the VFA. But on Monday, the Palace told the DOJ to include in its study a preliminary impact assessment on the termination of the VFA. The Secretary earlier explained that Malacanang wants “to expand the scope of our study to include a preliminary impact assessment on the possible termination of the VFA. Guevarra also clarified there has been no instructions yet from President Duterte to terminate the VFA. “It is my understanding that the President has threatened but has not given an order to terminate the VFA,” he said. “That’s why his office has requested us to study the potential impact of such termination,” he explained. Malacanang spokesperson Salvador Panelo last week said the President is looking into scrapping the VFA after the US government canceled the 10-year US visa of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. The spokesman revealed Duterte has had enough of US interference over the country’s affairs, including calls to free detained Senator Leila de Lima. Recently, dela Rosa revealed that he was informed by the US Embassy that his 10-year visa has been canceled but was given assurance that he can apply again. The senator believes the cancellation of his visa may have something to do with his involvement in the administration’s war on drug during his time as Philippine National Police (PNP) chief. Just last year, US President Donald Trump signed the 2020 US budget that includes provisions authorizing the State Department to prevent the entry of Philippine officials involved in the “wrongful” detention of de Lima, a vocal critic of the Duterte administration. Related Posts Read more: Manila Bulletin News
Ending VFA would make PH pivot to China possible: ex-DFA chiefWell isn't that what D has been doing all this time? But the Filipinos hate China now, don't we? It was expected. Duterte and sovereignity, it's a joke. Juicecolored please lang. Sarap nyo itapon sa Wuhan para matauhan.
VFA cancellation detrimental to PH – De LimaOpposition Senator Leila de Lima said on Sunday President Duterte’s threat to terminate the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States will be detrimental to the country. Says the lackey, lap dog of the US🤣🤣🤣 Delima is more detrimental to PHILIPPINES. detrimental sa kanyang personal interest lang.
CPP dares Duterte to terminate VFAThe CPP dared President Rodrigo Duterte to make good on his word to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States and mocked the President in anticipation of another recantation. | dtmallarijrINQ
[OPINION] Duterte is a mass murderer, but I support his terminating the VFA'Here goes that knee-jerk anti-Americanism again, some folks may say. But really, entering these two agreements were two of the most irresponsible foreign policy decisions made by our heads of state,' writes Walden Bello couldnt agree more Even without US presence, what makes you so sure China won't pillage you old man? I'm sorry but no american presence here in our country halos malapit na masakop tayo ng china pano na lang kung walang MDT/EDCA/VFA? to paraphrase 'you are throwing everything including the baby' or throw everything including the kitchen sink.
Duterte ally slams move to revoke VFAA House leader thinks the potential abrogation of the Philippines's Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States (US) could make the country more vulnerable to outside threats.
Lacson says gov’t scrapping VFA ‘for wrong reasons’MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Monday that the government’s plan to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States is being done “for the wrong MAgerINQ Now you are making sense with your pronouncement! MAgerINQ For a Balimbing like you, maybe. But let the government handle this one, Mr. Senator. MAgerINQ The 'wrong reason' being BATO. Come on!!! Wake up before it's too late and the Filipinos have nothing left for the generations to come because you wagered it all on nothing for nothing.