PH can boost military capabilities w/out VFA : Experts

PH can boost military capabilities w/out VFA : Experts

The Philippines can be self-reliant when it comes to the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, even without or the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement between Manila and Washington.

According to political analyst Ramon Casiple, the Philippines does not need the VFA.

“Kailangan ba natin ‘yun para makatayo? Ang sagot ko diyan: hindi (Do we need that for us to rise? My answer is no),” he said. “We can do all that without the VFA.

Lockheed Martin F-16 Viper
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The 22 year old military accord between the two countries ends after 180 from the formal notice which the Philippines sent to the US last February 11.

“Ako ang tingin ko (The way I see it), we don’t need VFA as a necessity in terms of even our national security. In fact, it’s an argument kung bakit humina ‘yung militarnatin (why our military weakened). Kasi naging usapin dito ‘yung palaging sinasabi ng mga pro-VFA na (Because those who are pro-VFA are always saying)‘You need the US,’” Casiple said.

Casiple said the Philippines can boost its military capabilities without relying on other countries, like its long-time ally, the US.

“An independent country kagaya natin, lalo na may independent foreign policy, ang usual logic is that kung gusto mo ng pro-military, you would enhance it, hindi ‘yung mag-depend ka on other countries (An independent country like us, especially since we have an independent foreign policy, the usual logic is you would enhance your defense capabilities and not depend on other countries if you’re pro-military),” he said.

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