Latest Stories

SC denies bid for VFA renegotiation


The Supreme Court has denied a request for a writ of execution of its 2009 ruling ordering a renegotiation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States.

Court spokesperson Theodore Te said the high tribunal, in an en banc meeting, denied for lack of merit the request made by University of the Philippines professor, lawyer Harry Roque.

“The Supreme Court stated the petitioner should file the motion with the court of origin,” said Te in a text message to reporters on Tuesday.

Last month, Roque, who served as a lawyer for former Sen. Jovito Salonga in the Daniel Smith rape case, sought a motion for execution of the high court ruling on Feb. 11, 2009, that ordered a renegotiation of the VFA as to the detention of US military personnel in the Philippines.


In that ruling, the high court affirmed the constitutionality of the VFA but declared agreements made between then Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and US Ambassador Kristie Kenney on Dec. 19 and 22, 2009, as being “not in accordance with the VFA.”

The Supreme Court then ordered the foreign secretary to “negotiate with the US representatives for an appropriate agreement on detention facilities under Philippine authorities as provided for in Article V, Section 10, of the VFA.”

Reacting to the high tribunal’s ruling yesterday, Roque said he was puzzled by the order that he file his motion with the original court, since the Salonga case was an original petition filed with the Supreme Court.

“It did not originate from a lower court nor was it an original part of the rape case tried before the Makati Regional Trial Court,” said Roque in a statement. He said this meant that the Supreme Court had the sole discretion to hear and rule on his motion.

“As far as we understand the rules of court, nothing bars the court from issuing a writ of execution to enforce a decision that, in the first place, originated solely from its final and executory judgment,” he said.

Roque said he would file a motion for reconsideration “to clarify exactly what the court meant by its pronouncement on our motion.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Global Nation , Philippines , Supreme Court , US , Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)

  • Mamang Pulis

    sige daw—It’s us against the world—tumayo tayo sa sariling paa…

    • Crazy_horse101010

      good luck

  • arao_liwanag

    Yong mga justices na yan ay mga corrupt. Lahat yan ay nasa bulsa ni Uncle. Position at power lang ang hangad ng mga ‘yan. Wala na ang mga katulad ni JBL Reyes at Claudio Tehanke. Wala na lalo ang katulad ni Jose Abad Santos. Mayroong Abad nandiyan sa Malacanyang alipuris din ni Pugo.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  2. Afghan hospital guard kills 3 US doctors, including Fil-Am pediatrician
  3. HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  4. Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  5. Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  6. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  7. US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  8. Obama to visit Filipino soldiers in Fort Bonifacio
  9. Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks
  10. Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  1. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  2. Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  3. Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted
  4. Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  5. 85% of Filipinos love US – survey
  6. 10 US presidents who visited the PH (and what they said)
  7. WHO warns vs spread of MERS-Cov, urges vigilance in taking precautions
  8. 19 Ukrainians, Russians, Filipinas rescued in bar raid
  9. 150 Filipino teachers in Maryland to lose jobs, visas
  10. Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos
  1. US to China: We will protect Philippines
  2. Japan mulls no visa rule for Filipinos
  3. DFA grants visa-free privilege to 7 countries
  4. China warned: Don’t try to tow away BRP Sierra Madre
  5. Back home in Manila, and feeling out of place
  6. Filipina, 51, shot dead by 24-year-old American boyfriend
  7. Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  8. China: PH tarnishing Beijing’s international image
  9. What’s inside BRP Sierra Madre?
  10. Hong Kong accepts PH apology; sanctions also lifted


  • Seabed search for missing Malaysian jet to widen
  • Lacson rejects calls to name ‘pork’ execs
  • Obama due in Seoul as North Korea nuclear test fears grow
  • Hold departure order out vs Corona, Singson
  • Malaysia to release MH370 report–PM
  • Sports

  • Michael Phelps loses to Lochte in comeback meet
  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • Lifestyle

  • ‘Recovered’ Banksy works on display ahead of sale
  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Entertainment

  • Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick concert
  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • Business

  • PAL hailed for ban on shark fin cargo
  • BSP to change tint of P100 bill
  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Technology

  • Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street
  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • Opinion

  • Corruption not invincible after all
  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • Global Nation

  • Filipinos second-shortest in Southeast Asia
  • China welcomes PH apology
  • Only 4 Etihad passengers not accounted for
  • Abandoned in Malta,15 PH seamen return
  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • Marketplace