Sen. Santiago to file resolution to terminate VFA with US


Posted at Nov 17 2012 12:33 PM | Updated as of Nov 18 2012 02:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said she will be filing a resolution on Monday for the termination of the country's Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the US.

Santiago made the statement in the wake of the alleged dumping of hazardous waste made by a US navy contractor on Subic Bay waters.

"I charge the United States for failing to comply with, and for violating, Philippine law, as well as international norms and customs on the protection and preservation of the environment as these obligations are now codified respectively in articles 192 and 211 of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea," the senator said in a statement on Saturday.

Santiago said neither of the two countries needs to cite a basis or comply with any prerequisite to terminate the VFA.

"One party will simply notify the other in writing that it desires to terminate the agreement," she said.

The senator said the resolution she will be filing before the Senate on Monday will be treated as a bill passed by the two chambers of Congress.

"Just like a bill, this resolution can be vetoed by the President; otherwise, it shall become a law as if he has signed it," Santiago said.

"But even so, I hope that this resolution will become a historic compulsive force among the Filipino youth, particularly in our universities. I call on students throughout the country to demand that the VFA should be scrapped," she added.

Last week, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority confirmed it is investigating the incident wherein US Navy contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia dumped wastes into the waters of Subic Bay in October.