Via Rappler (Philippines):
On Monday night, February 10, Duterte launched a fresh round of verbal tirades against the US saying while top officials, including President Donald Trump, were trying to salvage the VFA, he was bent on having it terminated. (EXPLAINER: Visiting Forces Agreement)
Duterte first broached his plan to terminate the VFA on January 23, after the US canceled the visa of Senator Ronald dela Rosa. Dela Rosa is Duterte’s first Philippine National Police chief known as the architect behind the government’s bloody anti-drug campaign.
The President later said he was serious about his decision, adding his choice to do so was anchored on US lawmakers’ moves to impose travel and financial restrictions on Philippine officials linked to the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima and alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte administration. (READ: Why the Global Magnitsky Act matters to the Philippines)
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) February 11, 2020
@DFAPHL The Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States has received the notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement. As a diplomatic courtesy there will be no further factual announcements following this self-explanatory development. https://t.co/qQhywEpcea
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) February 11, 2020
"Behind this veneer of personal grievance lies a long-term desire to wean the Philippines away from the United States and deliver it into a strategic alignment with China before Duterte’s term ends in 2022." Renato De Castro on Duterte scrapping of the VFA https://t.co/AnZDiLMoai
— Greg Poling (@GregPoling) February 11, 2020
READ: U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ statement on Philippines’ intent to terminate the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). pic.twitter.com/sbUOe1Fwhz
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) February 11, 2020
President Trump tells us in the Oval that he doesn't mind Philippines' decision to cut U.S. military pact, says it will save the US a lot of money.
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) February 12, 2020
— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) February 11, 2020