- President Rodrigo Duterte is firm on his decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States
- Through his Executive Secretary, he already instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to go about it
- The termination was fueled by the move of the US government to ban some Filipino Senators from entering its territory
- Medialdea also mentioned that there will be a phone call soon between Presidents Duterte and Donald Trump
President Rodrigo Duterte has made it clear on Friday that he will pursue scrapping the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States of America (USA).
KAMI learned that the head of state finally instructed Salvador Medialdea, his executive secretary, to tell the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about his decision.
He specifically wants Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to notify the US government regarding the VFA termination.
“‘I instruct the Executive Secretary to tell [Locsin] to send the notice of termination to the US government,” the President said, as quoted by Medialdea in an interview with Inquirer.
The scrapping of the visiting agreement was fueled by the move of the US government to prohibit the entry of Senator Bato dela Rosa to the said country.
According to Medialdea, the current leader of the Philippines is expected to have a phone call with US President Donald Trump to talk about the VFA.
In a previous article by KAMI, a Senator in the US named Edward Markey slammed President Duterte for being banned in the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte is the first President of the Philippines who is from Mindanao. He won via a large margin during the 2016 national elections.
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