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Visiting Forces Agreement Opinion

Apr 14th, 2021

First, the Philippine security establishment still appreciates the alliance. Philippine forces continue to benefit from the VFA and receive military assistance, training, training and weapons. And although the Philippine Foreign Minister and Defence Minister mentioned the need to review the agreement and develop an autonomous national defence, the two did not openly ask for an end to the VFA. Major Philippine lawmakers also called on Duterte to reconsider his decision on the VFA. Under Article V of the agreement, the custody of U.S. personnel whose case falls under Philippine jurisdiction must “immediately reside with the U.S. military authorities if they wish” from the time the crime was committed, until all legal proceedings are completed. However, U.S. military authorities make the accused available to the Philippine authorities “in a timely manner for investigations or judicial proceedings related to the offence.” The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the United States and the Philippines, signed in 2014 by President Obama and Duterte`s predecessor, Benigno Aquino Jr. allows for an increased rotating presence of U.S. forces, ships and aircraft in the Philippines, as well as increased U.S.

access to Philippine military bases. The agreement contributed to the achievement of an important strategic objective of the Department of Defense, which attempted to expand the U.S. presence beyond major bases in Japan and South Korea. A new implementation would be difficult without the VFA. On February 11, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Manila would denounce the U.S. and Philippine Visit mission agreement (VFA), an agreement that allows the U.S. military to move to the Philippines. Duterte`s decision was taken in Washington with deep concern about the possible consequences of the Indopapacific Strategy (PDF), which was primarily aimed at countering China`s growing strength. Many in the Philippines, particularly in defence and foreign policy institutions, want the VFA to be prosecuted.

On February 6, 2020, Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. reportedly said at a Philippine Senate hearing that the continuation of the agreement was “more beneficial” to the Philippines than to end it. Some supporters are trying to avoid President Duterte`s actions. On February 10, the Philippine Senate passed a resolution asking the president to reconsider his intention to repeal the agreement, and on March 2, he passed a resolution asking the Supreme Court to rule on whether the Senate should approve the dissolution of the treaty, which the political statement said is unclear.

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