Sen. Bong Go defends VFA termination

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday joined six other senators who refused to vote for the Senate Resolution (SR) 337 asking the Supreme Court (SC) to rule on the concurrence of the Senate in the VFA abrogation.

Go stressed that the President has the “power and prerogative” to terminate treaties and the Senate must not dictate upon the SC on how the Chief Executive will do his job.

Among the twelve who voted for the SR 337 introduced by Senate President Vicente Sotto III were Senators Panfilo Lacson, Miguel Zubiri, Franklin Drilon, Richard Gordon, Sonny Angara, Joel Villanueva, Nancy Binay, Lito Lapid, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, and Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto.

Those who abstained aside from Go include Senators Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, Francis Tolentino, Aquilino Pimintel III, Cynthia Villar, Imee Marcos, and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Senators Manny Pacquiao and Pia Cayetano were not able to vote as they came in late.

Sotto filed the resolution following the President's order for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement—a treaty between the Philippines and the United States.