ExDFA Del Rosario: Duterte should just accept US Pres. Trump invitation

ExDFA Del Rosario: Duterte should just accept US Pres. Trump invitation

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is making the rounds again in the news feed when he made the hypothesis that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte by making the statement that he is  terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States of America (USA), would be now pivoting to China.

Del Rosario also says that this move will directly affect the implementation of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the country and the United States of America (USA).

"Without the VFA, making the MDT work would be more challenging, especially since we now have specific external threats as well as more devastating natural calamities," he said.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and ex DFA Sec. Albert Del Rosario
(photo credit to ABS- CBN)

"Terminating the VFA would serve to actualize our pivot towards China against the strong and vehement objections of our people," he adds.

Should accept Trump’s invitation

The former DFA secretary has this unsolicited advice for the PChief Executive and that is for the latter to accpt US President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend the Southeast Asian leaders’ summit in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 4.

"Should our President wish to improve the MDT and the VFA, he may wish to accept the invitation to meet President Trump. This would present an excellent opportunity for our President to place on the table his full expectations pertaining to our bilateral relations," he explained.

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