Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. today, February 11, sent to the US government an official notice informing that the Philippines is terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, said Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo in a press briefing at noon in Malacañang,
“The President directed the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to tell Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin of the Foreign Affairs to send a notice of termination to the US government last night and the Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin and the latter signed the notice of termination… and sent to the US government today,” Panelo said.
According to Panelo, the termination will take effect after 180 days from today.
With the official termination of the VFA with the US, the Philippines would now be open to establishing defense agreements with other countries, said Panelo. As long as there’s mutual benefit to both countries we are open but the President said that it’s about time we rely on ourselves. We will strengthen our own defenses and not rely on other countries,” Panelo said.