Duterte threatens to terminate Visiting Forces Agreement after US cancels Bato’s visa

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President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to scrap the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with United States after Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s US visa was cancelled.

“I’m warning you, this is the first time, ‘pag hindi ninyo ginawa ang correction diyan, I will terminate the basis of Visiting Forces Agreement. Tapusin ko ‘yang putang inang ‘yan,” he said during an event for distribution of benefits for former rebels at San Isidro Civic Center in San Isidro, Leyte.

“I’m giving notice. I’m giving the American government one month from now,” he added.

He added that the US senators, in addition to Senators Dick Dublin and Patrick Leahy, who voted in the committee level in favor of the resolution calling for sanctions against Philippine officials involved in alleged extrajudicial killings in connection with the war against illegal drugs and detention of Senator Leile de Lima.