Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte believes that it is time for Philippines to rely and strengthen its resources in the area of defense. This is after the formal notice for termination of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with United States was signed.
“The President said it’s about time we rely on our own resources, we have to strengthen our own capability as a country relative to the defense of our land. ‘Yun ang pinaka ano ni Presidente. Mahirap yung relying lalo tayong humihina,” Panelo said.
“From the way he talks, tayo na lang muna. Huwag na muna tayong umasa sa ibang bansa. But of course, if the agreement would benefit us, I’m sure we will be open,” he added.