“The forward presence of the U.S. military by the VFA is essential” to deter China in the South China Sea, said Jeffrey Ordaniel, assistant professor of international security studies at Tokyo International University, who called the denunciation of the agreement a “welcome development for China.” Duterte criticized the Philippine United States. Links in the past. On Thursday, his spokesman said that “if you read the body language” of Duterte, it is clear that the president wants to denounce the remaining defense agreements with the United States, including the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty and subsequent pacts, including the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. U.S. President Donald Trump shrugged his shoulders as he said he would “save a lot of money” for the United States. However, defense officials and analysts from both countries have expressed serious concerns that Beijing`s denunciation would fuel Beijing`s aggressive stance in the South China Sea, where it claims sovereignty over territories claimed by other countries, including the Philippines. Many people in the Philippines, especially in the defense and foreign policy establishment, want the VFA to continue. On February 6, 2020, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said at a Philippine Senate hearing that the continuation of the agreement was “more beneficial” to the Philippines than its end.
Some supporters are trying to avoid President Duterte`s action. On February 10, the Philippine Senate passed a resolution asking the president to reconsider his intention to repeal the agreement, and on February 2 it passed a resolution asking the Supreme Court to decide whether the Senate should approve the termination of the treaty, which policymakers said is unclear. The presidential palace has hinted that it will settle a Supreme Court decision in this matter. The main effect of the agreement is that the U.S. government is required to inform the Philippine authorities if it is aware of the arrest, arrest, or detention of Philippine personnel traveling to the United States and, at the request of the Philippine government, to request the competent authorities to relinquish jurisdiction in favor of the Philippines, except in cases that, for the U.S. Department of State or Defense, are particularly the interest, that`s it.  [VIII 1] The abandonment of jurisdiction in the United States is complicated, because the United States is a federation of American states and, therefore, a federation of jurisdictions. Ridon also asked the president not to be swayed by US military equipment and they would have more to lose in denouncing the deal.
The agreement contains various procedural safeguards aimed at protecting the right to due process and prohibiting double risks.  [VIII 2-6] The agreement also exempts Philippine personnel from visa formalities and ensures an acceleration of entry and exit operations;  [IV] requires the United States to accept Philippine driver`s licenses;  [V] authorizes Philippine personnel to carry weapons in U.S. military facilities while on duty;  [VI] provides for tax exemptions and import/export exclusions for Philippine personnel;  [X, XI] calls on the United States to provide health care to Filipino personnel;  [XIV] and exempts Philippine vehicles, ships and aircraft from landing or port, navigation or overflight fees, road charges or other charges for use in the United States. Military installations.  [XV] The Philippine Alliance of the United States, was no stranger to stress tests, whether it was the renegotiation of the terms of the basic agreement in the 1970s or the closure of US military installations in the early 1990s (which, let us recall, only led to the VFA of 1999, after the growing perception of the Philippine threat to China). . . .