Philippines and the U.S. to Revisit Visiting Forces Agreement

The Philippines and the United States will be revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) by this month, according to the Philippine foreign affairs secretary. 

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., said in an interview that he will be discussing and narrowing down the issues with the US regarding the VFA.

“I’ve certainly said the suspension intended that we should continue working and I’m narrowing down the issues and soon we will meet, I believe in the last week of February and iron out whatever differences we have and come to an agreement,” the secretary said.

He added, “What that agreement is, of course, I do not wish to anticipate because then that would weaken my decision.”

This, following China’s new Coast Guard Law which allows the use of all measures including opening fire at foreign vessels they deem as threats, raising concerns regarding the country’s claim over the West Philippine Sea.

The secretary has filed a diplomatic protest against the law which he says is “a threat of war.”

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