The Visiting Forces Agreement Survives

© Moira G. Gallaga

During a meeting between Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin Lloyd at Malacañan Palace on 29 July, President Duterte retracted the planned abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States of America.

It may be recalled that the President has suspended for 3 times the abrogation of the VFA. To get some context and understand the significance of this latest development, check out my article “VFA Gets Another Lease on Life” which was published on the Philippine Daily Inquirer on 07 July.