Duterte's order: Send VFA termination notice to US

President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered to send notification to the United States to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced on Friday.

"He said, and I quote him, 'I will instruct the Executive Secretary (Salvador Medialdea) to tell the DFA Secretary (Teodoro Locsin Jr) to send notice of termination to the US government,'" Panelo said.

According to CNN Philippines, President Duterte is scheduled to speak with US President Donald Trump, but Panelo cleared no agenda yet was brought up.

Under the two-decade military pact between the Philippines and the US, the VFA can be terminated via a written notice from either of the countries. 

Meanwhile, expiration will come 180 days from the time either party notifies the other.

Foreign Affairs secretary Teddyboy Locsin said that the notice of termination has already been prepared and is only waiting for the President’s order.

Duterte’s directive came just a day after a Senate hearing about VFA and what are its benefits for the Philippines.

Earlier, the President made the announcement that he will terminate the VFA after Senator Bato Dela Rosa’s visa was cancelled.

Although there was no reason provided by US, Bato’s visa got cancelled after American senators passed a resolution that sought to impose some sanctions against Philippine officials responsible for the detention of Senator Leila De Lima.

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