Tag Archives: VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (vfa)

DUTERTE thanks Biden, Americans for vax donations

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday thanked US President Joe Biden and the American people for donating Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines.

“I would like to thank President of the United States, [Joe] Biden, the US government, and the people of America for not forgetting us,” Duterte said in his Talk to the People.

COURTESY CALL. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does a fist bump with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III during a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañang Palace on July 29, 2021. Duterte on Monday (Aug. 2) thanked US President Joe Biden and the American people for donating Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippines. (Presidential photo)

Duterte made the remark as he is set to personally welcome the arrival of 3 million doses of Moderna donated by the US government on August 3.

“Pasalamat tayo sa kanila. May naibigay naman ako (Let us thank them. I gave them) concession. I conceded to the continuance of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA),” Duterte said. “Do not forget us because we share, we share, the same outlook sa geopolitics dito (here), specifically, in Southeast Asia.”

The Philippines has so far received 34,275,740 doses of Covid-19 vaccine and administered a total of 20,863,544 doses. Read More

PHILIPPINES RECALLS ABROGATION OF VFA WITH US

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Friday handed over the diplomatic note recalling the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III.

In a statement following their meeting at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Locsin said the US has shown its commitment to fulfilling its obligations to Manila under its alliance.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III pays a courtesy call to President Duterte

“They have addressed issues arising from our security relationship with good faith. Together, we have moved forward on the basis of common interest, shared values, and mutual respect,” he said.

“As such, upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, today I handed over to United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III the diplomatic note recalling the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.” Read More

VFA to strengthen RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty

US official hopeful for ‘satisfactory’ VFA pact

 July 1, 2021

MANILA – The United States is hoping for a “satisfactory arrangement” with the Philippines for the continuation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law, in an interview on the sidelines of the American Independence Day celebrations at the… Read More

RP-US VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT BACK IN FORCE

VFA abrogation suspended anew: Locsin

 June 14, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States for another six months, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced Monday.The Filipino top diplomat said the chief executive relayed… Read More

US welcomes postponed VFA termination

 June 15, 2021

MANILA – The United States government welcomed on Tuesday President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to postpone the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for six more months.In a statement sent to reporters, the US Embassy in Manila said, “Our alliance continues to contribute not only… Read More

Halt of VFA abrogation to give PH more time to study pact: DND

 June 15, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines will get six more months to review the advantages and disadvantages of having a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday night.Lorenzana made the comment in reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte’s… Read More

DUTERTE WANTS FILIPINOS TO DECIDE ON VFA

‘Undecided’ on VFA fate, seeks public opinion

 February 24, 2021

MANILA – “Undecided” on the fate of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US), President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants public input on the controversial defense deal.In a public address delivered Wednesday night, Duterte sought to… Read More

Duterte studying longer suspension of VFA abrogation

President Rodrigo Duterte is studying the request of US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien for a longer suspension of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) abrogation, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after O’Brien, in an interview with reporters on November 23, said he was pushing for a suspension of the VFA termination that would last for a year or longer to allow further negotiations for a more acceptable security arrangement. READ MORE

THE RP-US VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (VFA)

US stress importance of US-Philippine alliance to national and regional security,

Reaffirms ‘steadfast military partnership’ with PH

US MARINES and Filipino soldiers in the Balikatan war exercises in the Philippines

 November 25, 2020

MANILA – US Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett on Wednesday met with Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Cardozo Luna and senior Philippine military officials to reaffirm the United States’ steadfast military partnership with the Philippines, the oldest US treaty… Read More