MANILA -- Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago called for a termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States Saturday, saying it is invalid because the pact isn't recognized by the US Congress.

“The VFA was submitted as a compliance with an American law called the Case-Zablocki Act. This Act requires the US President, through the Secretary of State, to transmit to the US Congress, the international agreements entered into by the US government, or by its officials or agencies, which are not characterized as treaties. Thus, the US government does not characterize the VFA as a treaty,” Santiago said.

She said Congress can terminate the VFA "just like any law."

Santiago has filed Joint Resolution 3 to cancel the agreement, a call echoed by House Joint Resolution 7 at the House of Representatives.

The Senate adopted a resolution calling for a renegotiation of the VFA in September last year. But renegotiations were postponed pending a review of the military agreement by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) wanted to review the VFA.

Santiago said the results of the review have yet to be submitted to the Senate.

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III has reportedly told US Ambassador Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. that he wants the decade-old VFA "made better." (Jonathan de Santos/Sunnex)