- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque noted how the Philippines is only getting $3.9 billion, or over P186 billion for the VFA
- He stressed that the Philippines deserves to receive the same or close to $16 billion or P766 billion, which is the amount of Pakistan’s compensation
- Roque reiterated that the compensation could greatly help in the government’s COVID-19 efforts
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque stated that the Philippines deserves to receive at least $16 billion as payment for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
The statement came after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a statement demanding the US to pay for hosting their troops in the country. Duterte said the “shared responsibility” of the VFA is not for free and should come with a price.
Roque stressed the President’s statements; saying that other countries like Pakistan get huge compensation for hosting US troops. He noted that Pakistan receives $16 billion, which is equivalent to over P766 billion. On the other hand, the Philippines is only getting over $3.9 billion, or over P186 billion, as of 2017, based on Stimson Center on counter
“Ang nakukuha lang natin $3.9 billion. Malaki po ba iyan? Naku, barya po iyan kung ikukumpara sa mga nakukuha ng ibang bansa. For instance, ang Pakistan, kailan nga lang ba ‘yan naging kaalyado ng Amerika?” Roque said.
“We think we should be getting something similar or close to that amount,” Roque added; referring to Pakistan’s compensation.
Roque said that the compensation could really be a huge contribution to the government’s COVID-19 response.
“We are basing it on the fact that we have had historically very strong ties and if you have very strong ties with a very strong ally, then I think it also comes with a higher amount of financial assistance to be given,” Roque added.