If the VFA ends, what will happen to other treaties and military agreements with the United States? If Washington and Manila fail to reach a compromise before August 9, 2020, the abrogation of the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) will be zealously welcomed by both China and Russia. Both countries oppose U.S. global supremacy and are trying to undermine the constellation of U.S. military alliances that help maintain it. According to the agreement, a notification must first be sent from both countries to another, which takes effect after 180 days. (d) Recognizing the responsibility of the United States military authorities for the maintenance of good order and discipline among their armed forces, the Philippine authorities waive, at the request of the United States, their primary right to exercise jurisdiction, except in cases of particular importance to the Philippines. If the Philippine Government finds that the matter is of particular importance, it shall notify the United States authorities within twenty (twenty) days of receipt of the United States` request to the Philippine authorities. The VFA is an agreement between Manila and Washington, signed in February 1998 on the treatment of U.S. military personnel in the Philippines. A counter-agreement was signed in October 1998 on the treatment of Philippine military personnel in the United States. The VFA remains “in force” for up to 180 days from the date the Philippines wrote to the United States or vice versa that it wants to denounce the agreement.
What about other PH-US defense agreements? 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. Former President Joseph Estrada ratified the VFA on 5 October 1998 (Estrada succeeded Fidel Ramos, President at the time of the signing of the VFA). On 27 May 1999, the Philippine Senate voted in favour of ratification by 18 votes to 5, which led to the effectiveness of the VFA. The Philippines also has visiting force agreement status with the Australian government and has been negotiating a similar agreement with Japan since 2015, as reported by UNWTO-CBN and Inquirer.net. (b) `member of the civilian component` means civilian personnel who, in the course of their employment in the armed forces of the Republic of the Philippines, are in the United States and are not stateless, nationals of the United States or habitual residence in the United States; CNN Philippines, Revisiting the Jennifer Laude murder case, February 24, 2015 What is this agreement and why is it so important to the United States? Here`s what you need to know. Under Article V of the agreement, the detention of U.S. personnel whose cases fall under the jurisdiction of the Philippines is “immediately subject to the military authorities of the United States, when requested,” from the date the crime was committed, until the completion of all judicial proceedings.
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