Duterte suspends VFA abrogation, US welcomes move

(UPDATED as of 10:30 PM) President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended for six months the termination process of the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement.

Duterte asks US for 6-month suspension of VFA abrogation

In a note verbale sent to the US Embassy in Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs cited "political and other developments in the region" in seeking the suspension.

In a post on Twitter, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said: "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."

In a separate statement, the US Embassy in Manila welcomed the turnaround from Duterte's earlier decision to terminate the military accord.

"The United States welcomes the Philippine government’s decision. Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and defense cooperation with the Philippines," the US Embassy in Manila said.

Topics: Rodrigo Duterte , six-month suspension , termination process , PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement
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