President Rodrigo Duterte said during an interview on January 29 that he is not joking regarding the termination of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). He also said that he will not allow any Cabinet officials, except for foreign affairs, to go to US.
“I am terminating. I was not joking. The day I said it was the day that I decided it should be terminated,” President Duterte said when asked if his decision on VFA is final.
“Alam mo sabi nila na it’s my — subject to my whim, ‘yung kapritso. No. It started when they mentioned about the resolution in the US Senate. They were trying to figure — trying to figure out who would be the persons who will be barred from entering,” he said. “Noon pa lang nag — ‘yung utak ko gumagalaw na. Ganun ako eh, hindi naman ako naghihintay. I am just — I just announced late kay pinapauna ko ‘yung utak ko.”
“Pero at that time I have decided that if they do this… And I will do it not only for dela Rosa but for every Filipino. Lalo na ‘yung mga taga-gobyerno na magpunta doon supposedly to attend a business concern officially. ‘Yung hindi nila… I will limit siguro sa Foreign Affairs. But I will not allow any Cabinet member to go there at this time. No Cabinet member should be allowed to go to the United States,” he said.
“I will ask them to not to go to the United States in the meantime. Parang boycott,” he added.
He also said that the reason he is not attending the US-ASEAN summit in US is “strategic and geopolitical considerations.”