Pres. Duterte: US wants new, stronger defense ties with PH

The United States has been trying to reach out to the Philippine government to forge stronger defense ties following President Rodrigo Duterte's move to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) three weeks ago.

After a closed-door meeting the US Ambassador Sung Kim and his counterpart Jose Manuel Romualdez, the President disclosed that ever since he abrogated the VFA, the US has been coming to him.

Romualdez earlier revealed that the US and the Philippines are planning to create a new defense agreement “similar” to the VFA, but Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President maintained his stance on cancelling the VFA.

Meantime, the Palace on Tuesday said it is up to the Supreme Court to decide whether Senate concurrence is needed before international treaties can be considered terminated after senators have formally asked for judicial intervention in their push to require Senate concurrence in treaty withdrawal.