Lacson on revival of VFA: 'That’s the way to do it!'

Published July 30, 2021, 1:31 PM

by Mario Casayuran

That’s the way to do it!

‘’It goes without saying, I fully support the President’s decision to retract his earlier decision to terminate the RP-US Visiting Forces

Agreement (VFA),’’ Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate National Defense and Security committee, said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had said the President ordered the retraction of the termination of the VFA after meeting US Defense Secretary Llyod Austin at Malacanang yesterday.

Lacson maintained that termination of the VFA would do our country’s security situation more harm than good especially at this time when incursions into Philippine territories in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) have become ‘’more aggressive and unabated.’’

‘’This is not to mention the continuing threats of terrorism in our country,’’ he stressed.

‘’We have to accept the reality that we cannot do it alone and our bilateral agreements with more militarily capable countries like the United States and even Australia should be put into good use,’’ he added.