Philippines Ending Visting Forces Treaty With US

Posted on February 11, 2020 5:32 am
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the government to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with Washington, his spokesman announced on Tuesday.

“It’s about time we rely on ourselves, we will strengthen our own defences and not rely on any other country,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo announced, quoting Duterte.

The president previously threatened to end the agreement last month after the American authorities cancelled a visa for Senator Ronald Fela Rosa, an ex-national police chief who participated in his notorious anti-drug campaign.

Duterte has repeatedly slammed American politicians for criticising his war on drugs and even banned several US