PH ends Visiting Forces Agreement with the U.S.

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The termination of the 1999 agreement would take effect 180 days after Washington received Manila's notice but both could decide to keep the pact during the waiting period, Philippine officials said.

"We will carefully consider how best to move forward to advance our shared interests", it said in a statement. "Our two countries enjoy a warm relationship, deeply rooted in history. We remain committed to the friendship between our two peoples", the consulate added. Still, he added that the "contradictions between Manila and Washington may intensify". Among its controversial provisions are the lax visa and passport policies for American troops and the authority granted to the U.S. government to retain jurisdiction over military personnel if ever they commit crimes locally.

The US has yet to respond to the termination of the pact.

According to presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, the notice of termination has now been signed by the Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin and sent to Washington, thus scrapping the formal permission for the American military presence and joint exercises in the country.

"As with many other decisions made by President Duterte, China appears to be the biggest victor and Philippine external security the biggest loser", Cook said.

The Philippines has notified the USA that it's terminating a 22-year-old military agreement, which can be ended with 180-days notice, just hours after President Rodrigo Duterte said President Donald Trump was trying to save the deal.

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Aside from threatening to take down the VFA, Duterte has said would ban some US senators from entering the Philippines. However, The Philippines Star quotes presidential spokesman Panelo as saying Duterte "will not entertain" entreaties from the USA nor will he accept an invitation to visit the White House. "From a broad perspective, while there had been certainly comments made, statements made there has not been a decision", the United States official said.

The decision follows anger over Washington's reported decision last month to cancel the USA visa of Philippines Sen.

The end of the VFA was prompted by the cancellation of an American visa for Senator Ronald Fela Rosa, a former national police chief and an important figure in Duterte's war on drugs that has been criticised by the United States on various occasions. Ronald Dela Rosa, whose U.S. visa was reportedly cancelled. Leila de Lima, whom he has accused of involvement in illegal drugs. The American Senate also passed a resolution in January seeking to deny U.S. entry to and freeze the assets of Philippine officials "responsible for extrajudicial killings" and the "prolonged detention" of De Lima.

Despite a 69-year alliance between the two nations, solidified by the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, President Duterte has repeatedly lashed out against Washington, specifically after the USA visa of Sen.

Still, the Philippines is hoping for even warmer ties with the USA, a long-standing ally, Panelo said.

Some Philippine senators have said the government decision to terminate the treaty, which the Senate ratified, should have the chamber's consent.

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The VFA, forged in 1998, governs the conduct of American troops while in the Philippines. He highlighted the benefits that the Philippines has been getting from the VFA: military assistance, financial grants, and deterrence against possible attacks from other countries, among others.

Sotto said the presidency and the Senate have their roles in foreign affairs.

"But as the President said, it's about time we rely on our own resources".

The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been highly critical of his country's military alliance with the United States, announced Tuesday that it would scrap a security pact that allows American forces to train there.

Sen. Francis Pangilinan the VFA termination "favors China".

"If the VFA and EDCA are no longer effective, then the MDT would be inutile and would serve no objective", he added.

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