The Philippines announced it had suspended the termination notice of the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announced earlier, saying he sent a diplomatic note to US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim yesterday, and that “it has been received by Washington and well at that.”
“The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement has been suspended upon the President’s instruction,” Locsin tweeted.
I issued this diplomatic note to the US ambassador. It has been received by Washington and well at that. The Note is self-explanatory and does not require comment except from me. The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement has been suspended upon the President’s instruction. pic.twitter.com/BXqzyNpOty— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) June 2, 2020
The Visiting Forces Agreement supposedly to be terminated this coming August 2020.
The President had sought the termination of the VFA, which administers the conduct of visiting US personnel holding military exercises in the Philippines after the US canceled the visa of Senator Ronald Dela Rosa, his close ally.
Aside from terminating the agreement, Malacañang said the country must strengthen its defense capabilities following the President’s move to end the VFA, and the Philippines should stop being a “parasite” to another country in protecting its independence and sovereignty.