MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the visiting force agreement with the United States, Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday amid ongoing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea. Jose Antonio Custodio, a military historian at the Institute of Policy, Strategy and Development Studies, a Philippine think tank, said many of Dutertes` allies were not enthusiastic about the treaty`s termination and possibly a military alliance that dates back to 1951. First, the Philippine security establishment still appreciates the alliance. The Armed Forces of the Philippines continue to benefit from the VFA and benefit from military support, training, training and weapons. And while the Philippine foreign minister and defense minister have spoken of the need to review the agreement and develop a self-sustaining national defense, both have not openly called for an end to the VFA. Prominent Philippine lawmakers have also called on Duterte to reconsider his decision on the VFA. The Philippines has resumed its Visiting Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Twitter on Tuesday.
U.S. President Donald Trump`s willingness to help the Philippines deal with the pandemic during a phone conversation with Duterte in April encouraged the Philippine decision, Romualdez said. What is this agreement and why is it so important to the United States? Here`s what you need to know. Together with the United Nations, the European Union and international human rights groups, the United States has tried to bring the Duterte government to justice for the violation of human rights. MANILA, Philippines (ADDED): The Philippine president has suspended his decision to denounce a major defense pact with the United States, avoiding, at least temporarily, a blow to one of America`s oldest alliances in Asia. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte`s announcement in February of denouncing the pact with the United States was seen as a strategic reorientation with The historical enemy China, which followed his statement: „I need China. More than anyone else, I need China at this point. Duterte also called the U.S. „ill-behaved“ and said the deal was unfair. Disputes over the cost of rebuilding the bases have helped significantly reduce their military footprint in the Philippines, Schaus said. The VFA was signed in 1998 to reduce the bureaucracy needed for U.S. forces to travel to the Philippines.
„With gratitude, my President, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, has ordered me to convey, through the appropriate formality, his decision to extend the suspension of the repeal of the Visiting Forces Convention by six months, so that we can find an improved, mutually beneficial, enjoyable and effective and sustainable agreement on how to make progress in our mutual defence. Locsin said on a diplomatic note to O`Brien. The standoff between Scarborough Shoal and China and the ongoing dispute over the Spratly Islands have led the Philippines to consider stronger military relations with the United States.