SC Senior Associate Justice Carpio againsts visiting forces agreement with China

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Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on Thursday said China and the Philippines should share intelligence and hold joint military exercises due to the threat of terrorism in the region.

“I think it is very important for the two militaries to exchange best practices, share intelligence, and even consider the possibility of having joint training exercises because the objective is clear,” Zhao said.

“It is in the interest of not only China and the Philippines but also in the region, for us to deal effectively with the threat of terrorism,” Zhao added.

On the contrary, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio in May said the Philippines should not allow visiting forces agreement (VFA) with China because of the dispute over the West Philippine Sea, Inquirer reported.

“It’s difficult to have a VFA with a country that’s claiming your territory and your maritime zones. How can you have naval exercises in West Philippine Sea if you are doing it with a country that’s claiming that West Philippine Sea?” Carpio said.

“Normal relations can continue but there are other matters that we cannot do, like we cannot have a visiting forces agreement with them,” Carpio added.

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