SC affirms with finality constitutionality of the RP-US VFA

March 2, 2010 10:57 pm 

MANILA, March 2 — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday affirmed with finality that the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States is "constitutional".

In a minute en banc resolution, the SC denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by former Senate President Jovito Salonga seeking a reversal of the earlier ruling of the highest court of the land which said that the VFA is "constitutional".

This means that there is no more legal impediment for the stay of the American troops in the Philippines for the training of Filipino soldiers in the country.

The resolution said that the group of Salonga did not raise any new arguments in their appeal. Hence, the SC denied the petition with finality.

Earlier, Salonga argued that the American troops violated the 1987 Philippine Constitution because of the installation of their military base camps in the sense that their temporary stay in the country is only for the conduct of military exercises and training with Filipino soldiers. (PNA)

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