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The United States could also take the opportunity to renegotiate a new, better-value agreement with the Philippines – one that meets President Duterte`s goal of being strong against the United States and the other that gives President Trump the opportunity to mark another important deal, this time a defense deal, with its unique footprint that could advance U.S. interests for years. Yesterday, the Philippines announced to the United States that it intends to withdraw from the Philippine-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the two countries. Below is a brief summary of what VFA is and why it is important. What is this agreement and why is it so important to the United States? Here`s what you need to know. According to the text of the diplomatic note, the six-month waiver „may be extended by the Philippines for a further six months.“ At the end of this period, Manila, unless further action is taken, would return to its original plan to denounce the agreement, which was first announced on 11 February 2020. 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. 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 main effect of the agreement is to require the U.S.

government to notify the Philippine authorities when it is aware of the arrest, arrest or detention of Filipino personnel visiting the United States and, at the request of the Philippine government, to invite the competent authorities to exercise jurisdiction on behalf of the Philippines, except in cases of particular interest to the State Department or the Secretary of Defense. [2] [VIII1] The waiver of U.S. jurisdiction is complicated because the United States is a federation of American states and therefore a federation of jurisdictions. As a contract for the execution of the VFA, EDCA authorizes the prepositioning of war materials on approved sites. This includes strengthening the modernization capabilities of the Philippine armed forces. READ: The pH of the military pact with the UNITED States) „This agreement remains in effect until the expiry of 180 days from the date on which one party notifies the other party in writing its wish to terminate the contract.“ The agreement contains various procedural safeguards to protect due process rights and prohibit dual threats. [2] [VIII 2-6] The agreement also exempts Filipino personnel from visa formalities and ensures expedited entry and exit; [2] [IV] requires the United States.