Senator Bongbong Marcos wants to assess the social cost to the country of the Visiting Forces Agreement

lovfa-300x199At the organizational hearing of the Legislative Oversight on the Visiting Forces Agreement (LOVFA) held last 23 November 2010, Senator Bongbong Marcos asked the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement, to furnish the Senate with information regarding complaints from Filipino citizens against the effects of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), more importantly alleged complaints regarding violations of U.S. personnel stationed in the Philippines in connection with the VFA.

Senator Bongbong said that this information is essential to assess the latent social cost and impact of the continued application of the VFA in the Philippines, weighed against the more obvious benefits with regard to the country’s national security. This clarificatory question was posed in connection with the present administration’s decision to undertake a comprehensive review of the Agreement, to make it “relevant and attuned to the national interests”, as verbalized by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr., also Chairman of the Presidential Commission on the VFA.

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