Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has less than a year left in office and is likely to pass the decision on the VFA to his successor. Photo: Reuters
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has less than a year left in office and is likely to pass the decision on the VFA to his successor. Photo: Reuters
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Why deferring a decision on US-Philippine VFA military pact is Duterte’s best bet

  • The six-month reprieve for the Visiting Forces Agreement means it will be debated during the election campaign, essentially putting it to a referendum
  • Duterte does not want to leave a legacy of rupturing the accord or of putting his country in a bind amid US-China acrimony, so has found a way out of the dilemma

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has less than a year left in office and is likely to pass the decision on the VFA to his successor. Photo: Reuters
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has less than a year left in office and is likely to pass the decision on the VFA to his successor. Photo: Reuters
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