Philippines officially terminates VFA with USA

Philippines officially terminates VFA with USA

The Philippines has officially sent the notice to the United States of America (USA) that it is officially terminating on its end the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), following the orders of the Chief Executive- Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Boy Locsin, Jr. has already signed the notice and has been sent already to the US government on the same day.

“The President directed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to tell Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin of the Foreign Affairs to send the notice of termination to the US government last night. And the Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, and the latter signed the notice of termination and then sent it to the US government today,” according to Presidential spokesman Atty. Salvador Panelo told mediamen.

DFA Secretary Teodoro Boy Locsin Jr.
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According to Panelo, the termination will take effect after 180 days from now.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin in one of his tweet said the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy has received the notice of termination.

“As a diplomatic courtesy there will be no further factual announcements following this self-explanatory development,” according to DFA Secretary Locsin’s tweet.

The VFA between the 2 countries, was signed in 1998, accorded legal status to US troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.

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