DFA delays end of VFA with US

    The country’s top diplomat announced on Tuesday that the government has postponed the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States (US) “in light of the political and other developments in the region.”

    Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. announced on social media Tuesday night, saying that President Rodrigo Duterte has directed his office to inform the US Embassy in Manila on the government’s decision to delay the VFA termination.

    “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,” Locsin said on his Twitter account.

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