‘Lapit nang lapit’: Duterte reveals US for trying to salvage VFA

‘Lapit nang lapit’: Duterte reveals US for trying to salvage VFA

The country’s oldest ally has been reaching out to the Philippine government after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte formally sent the notice to the United States of America (USA) of its intention to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement(VFA).
The President in Malacanang before the newly-appointed government officials said he met with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim and discussed the bilateral relations of the Philippines with the US.

“I apologize for being late. First I was talking to the former ambassador who is now assigned in Indonesia. Kim, I forgot his name again. We are talking about the Philippines-US relationship then I was donning the ranks of the military,” the President said.
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“Sinabi ko kay ambassador, itong ruckus na dumating, it came to a fore ‘yung alitan ko sa kanila. Tinanggal ko ‘yung VFA, sila naman ang lapit nang lapit,” he added.
Duterte defended his administration’s war on illegal drugs, which has drawn an international condemnation.
Just recently some senators in the US demanded the release of detained opposition senator Leila De Lima for what they described the latter as a victim of “political persecution” by the current administration and call such an act as a human right violation.

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