Palace: PH not seeking new military pact with US

The Philippines is not seeking a new military deal with the United States to replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) earlier terminated by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, the Palace said on Sunday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President has also not given his nod on efforts to craft a new agreement as he maintained his stance on boosting the country's defense capabilities without the help of other countries.

This statement came after Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez on Friday said talks are ongoing between the Philippines and US to “come up with something similar” to VFA.

Panelo, however, clarified that the President did not give Romualdez the authority to negotiate with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim to create a new military pact.