The Armed Forces of the Philippines will be pushing for military cooperation arrangements other countries in the region, including China, said General Felimon Santos Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff said yesterday according to Philippine Star.
The plan is a bid to fill the possible security gaps with the termination of the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States.
Gen. Felimon Santos Jr., in separate interviews with members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) and reporters at the Senate, maintained that the country’s security establishment will survive without the US military assistance tied with the VFA.
“We will support the President’s decision, his political decision. We will live without the VFA, we have lived before noong nawala ‘yung bases agreement (when the bases agreement was terminated). We have not received something, wala namang nangyari sa atin (nothing bad happened to us),” Santos said.