Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has signed the Philippines’ notice of termination of its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday.
“On the order of the President through Executive Secretary Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin signed today the notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, which will be delivered to the US Embassy in Manila forthwith,” DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay tweeted on Tuesday.
Locsin made the move despite his and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s earlier push for a review of the VFA rather than its outright termination.
Locsin earlier warned of the far-reaching consequences if the Philippines were to abrogate the VFA. He told a Senate panel that while it was President Rodrigo Duterte’s prerogative, “the continuance of the agreement is deemed to be more beneficial to the Philippines.”