‘Serious mistake’ to end VFA over Bato’s visa – Sen. KitTatad

‘Serious mistake’ to end VFA over Bato’s visa – Sen. KitTatad

The Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s act abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement between the country and the United States just because of the cancellation of senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is a “serious mistake that can’t be inflicted,” on the country’s history of diplomacy, this according to former Senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad.

He adds while it is true the President of the country’s is a political nature the “manner it is carried out must follow the sense of the Constitution and the rule of  equity and fair play.”

During the 2015 'Balikatan' or shoulder-to-shoulder exercises
(photo credit to owner)

“The power of the President is granted but it is not unlimited. It is not absolute. It must submit to the bounds of reason and good sense,” he stressed during the hearing of the Senate committee on foreign relations while making a point that Senate’s authority over treaty withdrawal.

“You can’t question the patriotism of the President but we can point out that this decision based on the cancellation of the passport of a former colleague, Senator dela Rosa,  is a serious mistake that can’t be inflicted on the history of our diplomacy…”  he added.

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