Pimentel, Lacson, and Sotto urge President Duterte to reconsider VFA termination

Pimentel, Lacson, and Sotto urge President Duterte to reconsider VFA termination

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Several senators seem to disagree with President Duterte’s stance on the Visiting Forces Agreement. According to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, he will be filing a resolution together with Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to recommend that the President rethink his opinion on the VFA.

Sotto also said that his opinion is allegedly shared by a majority of senators. Instead of immediately terminating the contract and freeing the Philippines from the unfavorable conditions its currently bound to, they would prefer that President Duterte put the contract up for indefinite review instead.

“I, Sen. Lacson and Sen. Pimentel, will draft a resolution that we might file on Monday. The sense of the Senate is to not terminate the VFA. Review, not just terminate like the recommendation of the President. We are not preempting him, so to speak,” said Sotto in an interview with dwIZ.

Despite their actions in the contrary, Sotto maintained that the senators were not trying to preempt the President’s decision on the matter.

According to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, President Duterte has been asking different sectors for their opinions on the VFA.

However, Sotto said that the planned discussions of the VFA on Monday are different from the scheduled hearing for the resolution.

Alleged-Vice President Leni Robredo also counts herself among those who support the review of the VFA. She warned that the contract should not be used to “threaten” other parties or “get back” at the US.


Deteriorating relationships between the US and the Philippines came to a recent head with when some US Senators filed a radical and overstepping motion to condemn the arrest of Senator Leila De Lima over numerous grave drug-related charges. The US then moved to terminate the visa of Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa over some unspecified and ungrounded human rights violations. In return, President Duterte gave the order to ban all Cabinet members from visiting the US.

While we were once a colony of the US, we have since grown out of their shadow. Our bilateral relationship has been one-sided on more than one occasion throughout the last century, starting of course with the very terms of liberation we received from them. From unjust taxation and unfair trade relationships, we have been getting the short end of the stick for decades. Even the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Mutual Defense Treaty, both of which are under current public scrutiny, have proven to be disadvantageous and even dangerous. Never forget Jennifer Laude.

Deteriorating relationships between the US and the Philippines came to a recent head with when some US Senators filed a radical and overstepping motion to condemn the arrest of Senator Leila De Lima over numerous grave drug-related charges. The US then moved to terminate the visa of Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa over some unspecified and ungrounded human rights violations. In return, President Duterte gave the order to ban all Cabinet members from visiting the US.

While we were once a colony of the US, we have since grown out of their shadow. Our bilateral relationship has been one-sided on more than one occasion throughout the last century, starting of course with the very terms of liberation we received from them. From unjust taxation and unfair trade relationships, we have been getting the short end of the stick for decades. Even the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Mutual Defense Treaty, both of which are under current public scrutiny, have proven to be disadvantageous and even dangerous. Never forget Jennifer Laude.




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