AFP eyes military agreements with Japan, Korea, other allies

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With the termination of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with United States, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is eyeing to forge VFAs with allied countries like Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia.

“Part of filling the gap is we will increase our bilateral exercises, agreement with other countries not only United Sates, the only SOVFA (Status of Visiting Forces Agreement) we have is Australia, so with the help of the Congress and the Senate we will push for the approval of (agreements with) the other countries like South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and other allied countries,” AFP Chief-of-Staff General Felimon Santos Jr. said during his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments (CA).

In an interview after his confirmation hearing, General Santos said “we will support the President’s decision. That’s a political decision, we’ll support it and we will live without VFA.”

“We have lived before nung nawala ang bases agreement nung 1991 hanggang 1997. Wala namang nangyari sa atin,” he added.