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The U.S. could also use this moment to try to renegotiate a new and better deal with the Philippines — one that meets President Duterte`s goal of being strong against the U.S. and one that gives President Trump the opportunity to put his unique stamp on another important deal, this time a defense deal. this could further U.S. interests for years to come. A3: Both countries signed the VFA in 1998. It provides simplified access procedures to the Philippines for U.S. soldiers in official operations (e.g..B. bilateral training between the U.S. and the Philippines or military exercises) and provides a series of procedures to resolve issues that may arise from the participation of U.S.

forces in the Philippines. The U.S. has used the deal at least twice to keep accused military personnel under U.S. jurisdiction. [5] [6] On the 18th But the VFA – the last iteration of which was first ratified in 1999 – plays a fundamental role in normal military activities within the Alliance`s borders. Without a VFA, the temporary presence of US forces in the Philippines and, most importantly, the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Act (EDCA) of 2014 would be impossible. Although Duterte threatened to expand U.S. forces in 2016, he also clearly benefits from U.S. military aid in these operations — and Manila may need more help, since 11 of its soldiers were killed in the fight against the Abu Sayyaf terror group in Sulu. The VFA was also indispensable to allow the U.S. military to enter the Philippines in 2013 to provide humanitarian and disaster relief after Typhoon Haiyan.