- Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano asked the public to trust President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the VFA
- He said the President only wants to protect the interest of the Filipinos first
- Cayetano appealed to everyone not to be judgmental and to also think about what’s good for the Filipino people
Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano urged the public to trust President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
Cayetano appealed to the Filipinos to refrain from making judgement on Duterte’s decision to seek payment for the US’ VFA. He explained that we should trust Duterte and that we need to think about the welfare of the Filipinos first.
“Huwag nating i-judge ang Pangulo, the way he says it. Actually, many Presidents have said the same thing, that if you want to be in the Philippines, what’s in it for us?” Cayetano said in a statement.
“Kasi kailangan nating isipin ang Pilipino. Ang kaibahan kay President Duterte, pino-point out n’ya na umiinit po ang relationship o ang mga hindi pagkakasundo ng China at saka ng US,” he added.
Earlier, Duterte made a remark that the US should pay the Philippine government for hosting their troops. He explained that the “shared responsibility” of VFA is not for free and should come with a price. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque even commented that the Philippines should receive a compensation close to what the US give Pakistan, which is $16 billion.
Cayetano defended Duterte and said the President only wants to place the interest of the Filipinos front and center.
“Ang sinasabi lang naman n’ya if the US has an interest here and wants their troops trained here… paano naman ‘yung Pilipino?” he said.
Cayetano also told the public to trust the country’s diplomats in handling negotiations on the VFA. “Ang mga diplomats, may marching orders na ‘yan,” he stated.