US’ ability to help PHL fight terrorists challenged without VFA: US Admiral

United States military Indo-Pacific Command chief Admiral Philip S. Davidson said that the termination of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) brings challenge to US’ ability to help Philippines fight terrorists and train with Filipino counterparts.

However, the American admiral said the termination is still on 180-day notice giving time for diplomatic efforts to save the agreement.

“It’s a 180-day notice, so we have some time for diplomatic efforts to be pursued here,” Admiral Davidson said as quoted by Associated Press. “I hope we can get to a successful outcome.”

“But our ability to help the Philippines and their counter-violent extremist fight in the south, our ability to train and operate within the Philippines and with Filipino armed forces would be challenged without that Visiting Forces Agreement,” Admiral Davidson said.