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Senate adopts resolution questioning Duterte power to solely end treaties

The Senate leadership intends to ask the Supreme Court this week to rule on whether President Rodrigo Duterte can end treaties such as the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate concurrence
Aika Rey
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Published 6:53 PM, March 02, 2020
Updated 6:53 PM, March 02, 2020

https://www.rappler.com/nation/253194-senate-resolution-questioning-duterte-power-to-solely-end-treaties

MANILA, Philippines Voting 12-0-8, the Senate on Monday, March 2, crossed party lines and adopted Senate Resolution No. 337, seeking to ask the Supreme Court to rule on the need for Senate concurrence in treaty termination.

This would be the basis for the filing of a petition, possibly on Thursday, March 5, of a petition before the High Court, led by no less than Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

President Rodrigo Duterte will be "impleaded as a formal party" in the petition, according to opposition Senator Franklin Drilon, because it was Duterte who ordered the termination of the PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) without Senate concurrence.

The constitutional question was triggered by the Philippine government's notice of termination of the VFA, which the Senate earlier said should just be reviewed first.

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