Enrile: No hurry on VFA abolition

September 1, 2010 10:30 am 

MANILA, Aug. 31 –- Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile urged on Tuesday his colleagues not to hurry on approving a resolution calling for the abolition of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) just because President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III will be meeting with United States President Barrack Obama.

”You know, we must study all of these. You cannot just do it on a spur of the moment just because the President will bring the resolution,” Enrile said in a media interview.

Enrile recalled that when he was a cabinet member, it took them months to study a sensitive issue.

”That has to be studied extensively, the implication of what we’re going to do if we are going to do anything at all. We should not rush in dealing with our allies. We are dealing here with peace and order,” the veteran lawmaker added.

Recently, senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan urged the Presidential Commission on the VFA to scrap the controversial agreement.

"We urge President Aquino to scrutinize the VFA. It would be best to abrogate it, and then draft a new agreement that is not one-sided,” said Pangilinan, who filed a resolution calling for the VFA abrogation in the 14th Congress.

Pangilinan said that the high-profile rape case against US Lance Corporal Daniel Smith and his eventual release to America already set a dangerous precedent, and as such a new agreement needs to be drafted.

Pangilinan has supported the call of President Aquino to have the VFA reviewed, the matter should be raised during the President's official trip to the US in September. (PNA) V3/jfm

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