Sa kaniyang pakikipag-usap sa mga sundalo, sinabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo ROa Duterte na kung gusto ng mga Amerikano na maipagpatuloy ang Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) sa bansa, kailangan ng mga ito magbayad sa pamahalaan. Giit ng Pangulo, magbabayad din ang lahat kung may mangyaring giyera.
“I would like to put on notice if there’s an American agent here, that from now on, you want the Visiting Forces Agreement done? Well, they have to pay. It’s a shared responsibility, but your share of responsibility does not come free. Because after all, when the war breaks out, we all pay. You, kami, we are nearest to the garrison there where there are a lot of arsenals of the Chinese armed forces… Kaya tandaan nila ‘yan. I hope they would understand that we are a nearest to a theater of war. Ang banatan diyan it could be submarines and aircraft carriers and all. Madadamay talaga tayo. I do not want to participate in any adventure of that kind, if I can help it. I am not against the Chinese, neither am I a — ako, hindi ako pro-American. I am just a Filipino government worker working for the interest of my country,” paliwanag ni Pangulong Duterte.
Ang pahayag na ito ng Presidente ay binira ni Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson. Ayon sa senador, hindi daw bansa ng mangingikil ang Pilipinas at nakakahiya daw ang sinabi ng Pangulo.
This is refers to the statement, “You want the VFA? You have to pay”.
Just to clarify, please be informed that we are not a nation of extortionist, at lalong hindi kami ‘mukhang pera’. Err… hindi lahat.