The Philippines Moves To End Us Visiting Forces Agreement What Happens Next

  • April 13, 2021
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The main effect of the agreement is to require the U.S. government to notify the Philippine authorities when it is aware of the arrest, arrest or detention of Filipino personnel visiting the United States and, at the request of the Philippine government, to invite the competent authorities to exercise jurisdiction on behalf of the Philippines, except in cases of particular interest to the State Department or the Secretary of Defense. [2] [VIII1] The waiver of U.S. jurisdiction is complicated because the United States is a federation of American states and therefore a federation of jurisdictions. On that day, the Philippine government, led by President Rodrigo Duterte, made an official communication to the United States cancelling the agreement that governs the status of U.S. forces in the Philippines. Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he had informed Washington in a diplomatic statement. The decision not to denounce the agreement was taken “in light of political and other developments in the region,” Locsin said in the diplomatic communication, without elaborating. The agreement also defines the jurisdiction and procedures applicable to all U.S. military and civilian personnel who commit a crime in the Philippines, as well as visa and passport requirements. Panelo, who also acts as Chief Legal Counsel, said there was no need to wait for a response from the U.S.

government because the VFA itself says it can be ended with a written message from one of the two countries. Article 9 of the VFA states that “this agreement remains in effect until the expiry of 180 days from the date on which one of the parties announces in writing to the other party that it wishes to terminate the contract.” On the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte, a vocal critic of the United States, the Philippines on Tuesday announced the abolition of a security pact allowing U.S. forces to train there. The agreement contains various procedural safeguards to protect due process rights and prohibit dual threats. [2] [VIII 2-6] The agreement also exempts Filipino personnel from visa formalities and ensures expedited entry and exit; [2] [IV] requires the United States to accept Philippine driver`s licenses; [2] [V] authorizes Philippine personnel to carry weapons to U.S. military facilities during deployment; [2] [VI] provides for exemptions and import/export duties for Filipino personnel; [2] [X, XI] requires the United States