- President Rodrigo Duterte remarked that the US needs to pay for the VFA to continue
- Duterte explained that while the VFA is a “shared responsibility,” it is not free
- The President has long been making remarks against the termination of VFA
President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States that if they want to continue its Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the Philippines, they need to “pay.”
During the President’s address to the troops at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga, he announced that the “shared responsibility” of the VFA comes with a fee.
Duterte said, “I’d like to put on notice if there is an American agent here that from now on… You want the Visiting Forces Agreement done? You have to pay.”
“It is a shared responsibility, but your share of responsibility does not come free,” he added.
The President revealed that while he is a “friend” to the US, the country has broken promises to him. He admitted that he approves of the US troops’ presence ‘as of the moment’ but lamented how the US failed to give us what he has asked from them.
“For the reason of exigency of the moment requires their presence here, okay na lang ako dyan. But in the past, we ordered so much from them and so much were not delivered at all,” Duterte said.
“Until such time I was able to talk to President Trump. Sabi niya what are your requirements? We need the guided rockets. We have been asking for it, we are willing to pay for it Mr. President. But until now, it’s still in the air. I think it was delivered after a few weeks, few months,” he recalled.
Last year, the Philippines sent the US a notice to terminate the VFA, after Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s visa was cancelled. Duterte again threatened to push its termination if the US fails to deliver at least 20 million vaccine doses for the Philippines.