Drilon joins Senate leaders’ to question VFA termination before SC

Drilon joins Senate leaders’ to question VFA termination before SC

Senate minority floor leader Franklin Drilon plans to join other senators in their plan to invoke the powers of the High Court for the validity of the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States without the getting the concurrence of the Senate.

He clarifies that this petition will be a “bipartisan move” in asserting the role of the Senate in the country’s creation and drafting of foreign policy.

“While the President is the chief architect of our foreign policy, the Constitution is clear that such a very critical role is shared with Congress, particularly the Senate,” Drilon said in a statement.

Senate minority floor leader Franklin Drilon
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The opposition senator further stated the Supreme Court should rule on the issue “once and for all,”since the Constitution is “silent” when it comes to treaties and agreement.

“We cannot continue putting the fate of critical treaties such as the VFA, which termination has far-reaching consequences, in the hands of one man,” Drilon said.

“It is our firm belief that if treaties and international agreements the President entered into cannot be valid without the approval of the Senate, the termination of, or withdrawal from, the same should only be effective with the concurrence of the Senate,” he added.

Once a treaty or an international agreement is ratified or concurred by the Senate, it is already part of the law.

Hence, a treaty may not be undone without that shared power that put it into effect, senator Drilon added.

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