Senator Francis Tolentino positive on the resumption of the VFA

Under the direction of President Duterte, Department of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin, Jr., relayed the suspension of the revocation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States.

In a Senate session, Sen. Francis Tolentino praised the decision of President Duterte on the resumption of training and military exercises between the Philippines and the United States under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

“This is indeed an extremely positive development as it affirms, first and foremost, that in our country, the separation of powers is one of the cornerstones of our constitutional democracy,” Sen. Tolentino said in his privilege speech. "Flexibility is at the heart of effective leadership, and effective leadership is central to good governance," he added.

In the formal communication sent by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Sec. Locsin cited political and other developments in the region as a factor to the revival of the agreement.

According to the United States Embassy in the Philippines, “The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision. Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and defense cooperation with the Philippines”.

The VFA came into effect in 1999 and was recently suspended by President Duterte after the cancellation of Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa’s U.S. visa following the Global Magnitsky Act which imposed sanctions on Philippine government officials involved in alleged extrajudicial killings.


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