The VFA provides for rules on the entry and exit of U.S. personnel to the Philippines, the transfer of military ships and aircraft, and the importation and export of equipment and goods related to the activities covered by the agreement. As I said in these pages, the alliance between the United States and the Philippines, born in 1951 from the Mutual Defense Treaty, is based on a deep and extensive partnership between the two countries, and was no stranger to a cycle of stress tests, including in the field of defense – be it the renegotiation of basic agreements in the 1970s or the closure of U.S. military installations in the early 1990s. It is even worth recalling that the VFA itself is the result of a period of uncertainty for the Alliance in the 1990s: the agreement, ratified in May 1999 and which regulates the conditions under which US military personnel may temporarily be present in the Philippines, was reached after the Philippines perceived an increased threat from China in the early 1990s. , after the closure of the American bases. 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. Second, the VFA expects the U.S. military to help defend our territories against China. However, over the years, China has slowly etched the sandbanks and waters of the Philippines since the United States left the Philippines in the 1980s.
The United States has nothing to do with this case yet. In addition, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in 2013 that the United States would remain neutral in the conflict. This is due to the fact that China has about $17.6 trillion in U.S. bonds. A threat to U.S.-China relations would then threaten the U.S. economy, which is currently the U.S. priority, not the security of Philippine countries and waters. Of course, in the midst of the hype, it is interesting to note that many things are still uncertain as to how the VFA`s closing process will actually unfold.
The six-month period could see a series of developments that could change the nature of the Philippine decision, whether it is the engagement between the two sides or the evolution of Manila`s threat environment, as we have already seen with the Marawi crisis in 2017, which had mitigated some of Duterte`s anti-U.S. Instinct is temporary. And even if the VFA is terminated, it is interesting to note that the broader U.S.-Philippine alliance would be intact and that there is potential for negotiation for a similar agreement under the Duterte administration or a subsequent agreement (although the previous VFA was a challenge to go through the Philippine legislature). Nevertheless, given the headlines that continue to make headlines about the end of the VFA, it will be important to keep in mind the contours of its importance. “It is therefore important to go back to the VFA to address sovereignty issues such as jurisdiction and custody. And the rapid resumption of bilateral information discussions should serve as a basis and starting point for a review of the VFA,” said Mr. Locsin. (PNA) “The VFA shutdown will have a negative impact on the Philippines` defence and security agreements, as well as bilateral relations with the United States, and perhaps even at the sub-regional and multilateral level. Our contribution to regional defence is rooted in our military alliance with the world`s last superpower,” he added. READ: With VFA heist threats, Duterte plays Philippines security) A5: The termination procedure within the VFA provides for a 180-day delay between the announcement of the intention to withdraw until the official date of the revocation. Without a new agreement, then, U.S.