Senator Gregorio Honasan on Monday (June 12) virtually affirmed the legality of the presence of US troops in combating alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the Maute group in Marawi City citing the provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Honasan, one of many 18 senators who voted for the Senate’s concurrence of the VFA with the US in 1999, famous that the help being prolonged to the AFP, reportedly restricted to technical data and tools, is backed by the provisions within the mentioned settlement.

“(It’s okay) basta’t walang tropa ng US na engaged sa actual combat,” he mentioned.

The senator mentioned technical or intelligence data help could also be sought by the Philippines from the US in accordance with the VFA and RP-US Defense Treaty.

Actual missions and operations should not allowed underneath the VFA because the settlement includes solely mixed workout routines and coaching, humanitarian help and reciprocal provision of logistic support, provides and providers between the US and Philippine navy forces.