Senate files petition to SC to uphold its authority in termination of VFA

Senate files petition to SC to uphold its authority in termination of VFA

They just want a clear interpretation of the Constitution, and that is by Asking the highest court of the lad to see things in their way.
Senators led by the Senate President himself filed before the Supreme Court a petition that would uphold the Senate’s authority in the withdrawal or termination of treaties and international agreements such as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon, Senators Panfilo Lacson, and Richard Gordon personally appeared at the Supreme Court to file the 56-page petition for declaratory relief and mandamus.

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In the petition, the Senate asked the Supreme Court to declare that the withdrawal from or termination of a treaty previously concurred by the Senate should require the concurrence of 2/3 of its members for it to be valid and effective.
It also asked the high court to issue an order referring the notice of withdrawal of international agreements to the Senate for its concurrence.

The VFA was signed by the country and the United States in 1998, the FA is an executive agreement that paves the way how the American troops should be treated in Philippine soil.

Provisions of the said VFA carries that, exempting US forces from passport and visa regulations, the agreement also states that their permits and licenses are also deemed valid in the Philippines. The same policy also applies to Filipino troops in US military installations.
One of the contentious provision is that the US retains jurisdiction over the US personnel accused of crimes committed in Philippine soil.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has already initiated the process of termination of the VFA last February, following the inclusion and termination of the US Visa of former Philippine National Police (PNP) and now senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa is the chief implementor of the President’s anti-drug campaign.

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