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Velez: Loveless in the time of VFA/nCoV

VALENTINE'S Day and the President broke up with the United States over the VFA. "Walang tayo," he says.

"We're fine with that," US President Donald Trump replies. "We'll save a lot of money." Ouch.

And Bato will still not get a visa to the US. Double ouch.

Activists have long called the Visiting Forces Agreement a scourge to our sovereignty and held many rallies and lobbying in Congress to have it scrapped.

They pointed out there are many valid reasons to terminate this military agreement like the following: a US serviceman sexually abusing Nicole, another serviceman killing transgender Jennifer Laude, a Filipino staff mysteriously dying in a US camp in Marawi, a whistleblower from the army saying US forces were spying and combat operations in Mindanao, farmers getting shot in Balikatan exercises and an elderly dying of a heart attack after seeing a helicopter landing on her farm. These happened in the past 15 years and you can find these stories online in Mindanews and alternative news groups.

None of these cases made the government blink and review the agreement, until Bato announced he was denied a US visa. The activists should have took lessons from the Bible that the way to beat a Goliath is to use a little rock.

But are the activists happy? They say the termination of the VFA still needs 180 days for it to be cleared. So this is just like a break-up, there's a cooling off moment and you'll decide if you're ready to move on.

Also, is the military happy? The USA has been their daddy-source of firearms, used equipment. But that still didn't get the navy to fight the Chinese vessels who didn't need any of that agreement to come in and wreck our resources and fisherfolk boats on WPS.

Funny that Senator Francis Tolentino suggested in a Senate hearing on this VFA termination that we can just ask the US forces to leave all their equipment behind before they leave. I guess it's hard to move on.

Everyone has American dreams, except for Duterte.

It's really strange that there is love in the wrong places.

And so we have NCOV. No Cash on Valentine's. For farmers: No Crops Or Vegetables. No to China or VFA.

"An end to need, and the politics of greed, with love" -- Tears for Fears


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