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Duterte wants PH exclusive to Filipino troops

Rodrigo Duterte,Ricardo Visaya

President Duterte said yesterday that he looks forward to the time when there will be no other military troops in the country except Filipino soldiers.

In a press briefing at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before flying to Japan for a three-day official visit, the Chief Executive said he is not keen on having a visiting forces pact with Japan.

“No. I don’t think so. I do not believe that we have a Visiting Forces Agreement with Japan,” Duterte said when asked if the proposed Philippines-Japan VFA would be among the issues to be discussed when he meets with Japanese officials.

“To my mind, I maybe wrong, but I have yet to come across an agreement or a piece of paper which says that we are… in this arrangement of Japanese troops,” he added.

The President then invoked an article in the Constitution which mandates that the government of the Republic of the Philippines shall pursue an independent foreign policy.

“And to that extent, I would like to say this with all candor: I look forward for the time when I no longer see any military troops or soldiers in my country except the Filipino soldier,” he said.

The possibility of forging an agreement that would allow Japanese troops to refuel in the Philippines and hold joint exercises with their Filipino counterparts was first raised during a state visit of then President Aquino to Japan in June last year. That time, Aquino told Japanese officials that the Philippines was ready to begin talks with Japan on such an agreement.

The Philippines has visiting forces agreements with the United States and Australia, which allow bilateral military exercises with both countries.

In 2014, the Philippines also signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US. The agreement allows increased US military presence in the country on rotational basis, as well as giving American forces access to at least five Philippine military facilities.

Yesterday, the President hinted that the US could forget about the EDCA. “You have the EDCA. Well, forget it. If I stay here long enough,” Duterte said without elaborating.

“I do not want to see any military man of any other nation except the Filipino soldiers. Iyan lang ang gusto ko.

That’s the long and short of it. I want an independent policy that hindi ako pasunod-sunod maski kanino,” he said.

According to the President, the Philippines doesn’t need the presence of foreign troops, adding that “there’s not going to be any war in the future.”

“There will be no wars anymore. Sino ba ang magkipag-giyera sa atin? China? What will they get?” he said.
(ELENA L. ABEN)

comments
  • KARL m.

    dapat lang matagal na tayuong nakikipaglaro sa balikatan ng US oras na gamitin ito para sa atin lamang

  • max D.

    dapat tlaga pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga internal na problema ng bansa gaya ng pagsugpo sa mga terrpristang binubuo ng US para kontrahin si digong

  • ryan sy

    tama naman na tutukannatin ang bansa natin

  • Justine Lo

    Alam po ni President Duterte ang kanyang ginagawa. Kaya Suportahan nalaang po natin sya sa mga desisyon nya.

  • Cath Turman

    Kxpal kasi si Digongong eh. Masyadong asumera yang matandang mammaatay tao. Wala namang alam kundi magpapatay ng mga taong mahihirap.

  • flor catubig

    napaka sama kasi ng pangulo wlang utang ng loob

    • cristy pangadian

      hindo mo alam ang sinasabi mo ginagawa nga nya lahat para mas maayos tayo.

  • john arevalo

    para sa ikabubuti natin kailangan ng supurtahan ang pangulo

  • bert_bert

    yan namn kasi huwag niyo na pakialaman ang pangulo respetuhin niyo naman siya,

  • Marie Sencia

    para sa ikabubuti ng bansa natin matuto tyo na sumunod sa pangulo.

  • anthony

    kitang-kita naman sa pangulo amg galing niya na dumiskarte para pilipinas.

  • mark_dhen

    kahit anong gawin niyo sa pangulo hindi niyo siya matitinag!

  • Anne

    patuloy lang tyo na maniwala sa pangulo sa katunayan ang pangulo lang ang may mabuting ugali at tunay na puso.

  • joseph lovendino

    kayo nman kasi ang hindi matigil tigil sa paninira sa pangulo,

  • reymart de leon

    lagi naman kapakanan natin ang iniisip ni digong,pagka tiwalaan na lang natin sya.

  • philip monte

    alam ni Duterte kung paano protektahan ang kanyang bansa.

  • sarah

    prayoridad ni duterte ang ating seguridad.suportahan na lang natin sya.

  • adrin

    malaki ang tiwala ko sainyo digong..sana wag nyo po kming biguin.

  • dino natuto

    tiwala ako sa ating pangulo,alam nya kung ano ang tama.

  • bajietotz

    wala naman kasi silang pakialam sa bansa natin isa pa walang gyerang magaganap!

  • spoiledbrat

    tanging karapatan lang ng bansa natin ang iniisip ng pangulo

  • danielbes

    kailangan nating angkinin ang sariling atin…

  • agila22

    my tiwala naman ako kay duterte

  • raztahman420

    ayos ka talaga digong!