DFA downplays ‘secret’ paper on treating US troops in RP

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) downplayed Friday an alleged one-sided, secret document supposedly complementing the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that allows the detention of an American soldier in a US facility.

DFA spokesman Bayani Mangibin said such an agreement as claimed by Senator Joker Arroyo would be “useless” because only the supposed signatories know about it.

“Maski 10 agreement na secret ang gagawin mo, ang importante riyan ma-implement ba kung sakaling may ganyan? Alam natin na pag isang agreement ay sikreto, dalawang tao lang magkakaroon ng epekto. Kung isasama mo ang ibang branch of government like ang Korte Suprema, di mababawi yan kasi sikreto,” Mangibin said in an interview on dzXL radio.

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