Lacson on Duterte’s threat to cancel PH-US VFA: Unfortunate, unnecessary

Aileen Cerrudo
(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson has called President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to terminate the Philippines’ Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, “unfortunate and unnecessary”.

Duterte’s threat stemmed from the cancellation of Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s United States (US) visa.

READ: Bato confirms his US visa has been canceled

According to Lacson, it is difficult to find a connection between Dela Rosa’s visa cancellation and the President’s threat to terminate the US-PH VFA.

The senator said a “visa is a conditional authorization given by a country to visiting foreigners which may be granted, cancelled, and even denied.”

“The VFA is a bilateral agreement between the Philippines and the US that went through some back and forth discussions prior to Senate ratification but not without intense plenary deliberation,” Lacson said in a text message. 

Duterte, on Thursday (January 23), gave the US a month to reverse the visa cancellation of Dela Rosa.

“I am warning you, kapag hindi ninyo ginawa ang correction diyan (if you don’t issue a correction), I will terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement,” Duterte said during his speech in San Isidro, Leyte.—AAC

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