Senator Miriam Santiago set to ask Congress to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement with the U.S.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will file a resolution on Monday to have the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement terminated because American troops are supposedly messing up the environment and "squatting" on Philippine soil.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago will file a resolution on Monday to have the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement terminated because American troops are supposedly messing up the environment and "squatting" on Philippine soil.

 

Marvin Sy of the Philippine Star reports Santiago has shown a copy of the resolution to media. The resolution comes in the wake of allegations that a contractor for the U.S. Navy dumped waste in Subic Bay. The contractor has denied dumping waste within territorial waters and the Defense department says the issue has nothing to do with the VFA. Still, Santiago said the "U.S. has failed to comply with and has violated Philippine law as well as international norms and customs on the protection and preservation of the environment."

 

Santiago also said American soldiers are doing more than just visiting the country. "In Zamboanga, both local media and international media know that they’re not visiting there. They’re staying there. They don't have to construct a permanent structure there. As long as there is a permanent military presence, that is a base. They are not visiting, they are squatting," the report quotes Santiago as saying.

 

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