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Ruffy Biazon says PH should amend, not revoke VFA with Biden-led US

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There’s more room for cooperation than quarrel between the Philippines and the United States under a new American president.

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon said it’s not the time to rock the boat on defense relations between the two countries, saying Manila needs Washington as a reliable ally now more than ever.

It also helps that they have a friendlier and more logical president in Joe Biden, who is widely expected to help assert the Philippines’ rights in the South China Sea.

“In light of this warming relations between the PH and US under the fledgling Biden administration, it might be the opportune time for the PH to reconsider the termination of the VFA which was decided during different circumstances and an administration that has been replaced,” the politiko said.

“This opportunity for a fresh start may also be the time for recalibrating the relations, possibly introduce a tweaking of the VFA,” Biazon added, stressing the US is a strategic partner in pushing back against Beijing.

“It would be an appropriate response to the law passed by China authorizing the its Coast Guard to use weapons against Filipinos in disputed waters,” he explained.