I believe that Visiting Forces Agreement causes more headaches than benefits, as the Subic Rape Case has shown. Sure, our military may have learned a thing or two from their American counterparts, but this has not produced tangible results in almost ten years that the VFA is in existence - the Mindanao situation is as bad as ever.
It's high time that the VFA is abolished.
Senator Francis Pangilinan's resolution calling for the abolition of the agreement is welcome news. But as to whether this call will gather enough steam is still in doubt. There are still holdovers from the '99 Senate vote (Enrile, Santiago, Biazon and Honasan ratified; while Pimentel and Legarda rejeced the ratification). But more importantly, GMA is more likely to be loathe to abolish the VFA. GMA, as any president we have ever had, irrationally relies on uncle Sam as an emotional crutch. And where GMA goes, so goes her lackeys in the Senate.
So will the VFA be abolished? I'll believe it when I see it.
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