FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he has issued a diplomatic note to the US ambassador, indicating the Philippine government’s intent to suspend for six months the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
Locsin said he issued the note on June 1 on instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte.
I issued this diplomatic note to the US ambassador. It has been received by Washington and well at that. The Note is self-explanatory and does not require comment except from me. The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement has been suspended upon the President’s instruction. pic.twitter.com/BXqzyNpOty— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) June 2, 2020
The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision. Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and defense cooperation with the Philippines. #FriendsPartnersAllies @dfaphl https://t.co/zqGzUq1kC8 pic.twitter.com/GxiYSRinSl— U.S. Embassy in the Philippines (@USEmbassyPH) June 2, 2020