14 Apr Visiting Forces Agreement Editorial
As a contract for the execution of the VFA, EDCA authorizes the prepositioning of war materials on approved sites. This includes strengthening the modernization capabilities of the Philippine armed forces. READ: The pH of the military pact with the UNITED States) The Philippine Senate ratified the VFA in 1999. To avoid the impression of a permanent deployment of U.S. troops to the Philippines, the Senate emphasized the “visit” and “temporary” status of U.S. forces, in line with their 1991 decision to abolish U.S. bases in the Philippines. “This agreement remains in effect until the expiry of 180 days from the date on which one party notifies the other party in writing its wish to terminate the contract.” What is this agreement and why is it so important to the United States? Here`s what you need to know. The Agreement on Enhanced Defence Cooperation (EDCA), signed in April 2014 under then-President Benigno Aquino III, aims to operationalize the VFA. Military activities authorized by the Philippines are also insinuated in the context of the VFA.
The executive agreement provides for an increased military turnover of U.S. troops, aircraft and ships in the Philippines and allows them greater access to military bases in the country. Andrew Yeo is an associate professor of politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is currently a fulbright Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Philippines Diliman. His most recent book is “Asia`s Regional Architecture: Alliances and Institutions in the Pacific Century” (Stanford University Press, 2019). Alliances are based on common goals, values and long-term national interests and should go beyond the short-term problems of individual administrations. As the VFA advocates in the cabinet have pointed out, any unilateral provision of the agreement can be corrected through negotiations. President Duterte maintains friendly relations with his US counterpart Donald Trump. You can discuss the issue of VFA with friendship in mind, both at the personal and national level. 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. Is Duterte really going to finish the VFA? According to most reports, he remains seriously in his desire to eliminate the agreement.
But here`s why the VFA and the AMéricano-Philippine alliance could survive the Duterte firestorm. Meanwhile, Bagares argued that executive agreements based on the VFA “would have no leg to stand on” if the VFA were abolished. – with reports from Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler.com Manila and Washington now have 180 days to renegotiate the VFA before its expiration. Repeated criticism of the VFA by civil society groups could provide Duterte and its allies with some political cover to adapt the terms of the agreement. However, the Philippine president will find it difficult to eliminate the VFA for the long term due to domestic opposition and broader strategic concerns.