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After Rome Statute, Ruffy Biazon wants to know how SC views VFA deal abrogation

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The Supreme Court has another equally pressing issue to resolve after it weighed in on the Philippines’ relationship with the International Criminal Court.

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon is curious about another issue: the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

While the high court said that senators can no longer intervene with Malacañang’s decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute and get out of the ICC’s watch, the SC said the ICC can still prosecute crimes during the time when the treaty was still in place.

“With the SC decision on the ICC petition recognizing the need for the Senate’s concurrence in abrogation of treaties, what effect does it have on the termination of the VFA? The issue of the VFA termination w/o Senate concurrence is pending before the SC,” the politiko said.

Ideally, the Senate has the power to approve or reject treaties but it is unclear if they have an equal authority to do that for decisions to leave another international deal.