By the SovereignPH.com Staff
MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs late Tuesday announced President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement due to “political and other developments in the region.”
No other than Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr made the announcement on Tuesday claiming he has sent a diplomatic note to US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on June 1, and that “it has been received by Washington and well at that.”
“The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement has been suspended upon the President’s instruction,” Locsin tweeted.
Here is the complete text by Secretary Locsin on his Twitter post: “I issued this diplomatic note to the US ambassador. It has been received by Washington and well at that. The Note is self-explanatory and does not require comment except from me. The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement has been suspended upon the President’s instruction.”
The sudden turn of event came after nearly four (4) months after the country sent notice it would abrogate the military deal last February 11.
Locsin had earlier warned about “far-reaching consequences if the Philippines were to abrogate the VFA.”
Effective June 2, the suspension “shall continue for 6 months” and may be extended for another half year after.
It may be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte first broached the idea of terminating the VFA on January 23, 2020 after the US canceled the visa of Senator Ronald dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa is Duterte’s first Philippine National Police chief and is known as the chief engineer behind the government’s bloody anti-drug campaign. (ia/SovereignPH.com)