President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said the United States has reached out to him following his decision to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement.
Speaking before newly appointed government officials in Malacañang, Duterte said he met with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, who will soon serve as Washington’s top diplomat to Indonesia.
“We’re talking about US-Philippines relationship,” Duterte said.
“Sinabi ko kay ambassador, itong ruckus na dumating, it came to a fore ‘yung alitan ko sa kanila. Tinanggal ko ‘yung VFA, sila naman ang lapit nang lapit.”
Earlier, US Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez said he and Kim were trying to find ways to craft another deal similar to the VFA, which governs the conduct of visiting US personnel holding military exercises in the Philippines.