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President Duterte finally orders end of VFA with United States

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President Rodrigo Duterte has made it clear on Friday that he will pursue scrapping the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States of America (USA).

KAMI learned that the head of state finally instructed Salvador Medialdea, his executive secretary, to tell the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) about the termination of the said agreement.

He specifically wants Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to already give a notice to the government of USA with regards to the controversial move.

“‘I instruct the Executive Secretary to tell [Locsin] to send the notice of termination to the US government,” the President said, as quoted by Medialdea in an interview with Inquirer.

The scrapping of the visiting agreement was fueled by the move of the US government to prohibit the entry of Senator Bato dela Rosa to the said country.

President Duterte did not like how the country’s long-been ally continues to meddle with the detention of Senator Leila de Lima, a fierce critic of his government.

According to Medialdea, the current leader of the Philippines is expected to have a phone call with US President Donald Trump to talk about the VFA.

In a previous article by KAMI, a Senator in the US named Edward Markey slammed President Duterte for being banned in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Duterte is the first President of the Philippines who is from Mindanao. He won via large margin during the 2016 national elections.

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/president-duterte-finally-orders-end-of-vfa-with-united-states/ar-BBZLknX?ocid=spartandhp

 

 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visiting_Forces_Agreement_(Philippines_–_United_States)

The Philippines–United States Visiting Forces Agreement, sometimes the PH–US Visiting Forces Agreement, is a bilateral visiting forces agreement between the Philippines and the United States consisting of two separate documents. The first of these documents is commonly referred to as "the VFA" or "VFA-1",[1] and the second as "VFA-2" or "the Counterpart Agreement".[2] A visiting forces agreement is a version of a status of forces agreement that only applies to troops temporarily in a country. The agreements came into force on May 27, 1999, upon ratification by the Senate of the Philippines.[3][8], [10] The United States government regards these documents to be executive agreements not requiring approval by the United States Senate.[3][42]

On February 7, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte officially ordered the termination of the VFA as a response to an accumulation of a series of "disrespectful acts" by a few US senators directed against the sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines.[4]

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The primary effect of the Agreement is that it allows the U.S. government to retain jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines, unless the crimes are "of particular importance to the Philippines".[1] This means that for crimes without this significance, the U.S. can refuse to detain or arrest accused personnel, or may instead prosecute them under U.S. jurisdiction. Under the Visiting Forces Agreement, the local courts have one year to complete any legal proceedings.[5] The Agreement also exempts U.S. military personnel from visa and passport regulations in the Philippines.

The Agreement contains various procedural safeguards which amongst other things establish the right to due process and proscribe double jeopardy. The Agreement also prevents U.S. military personnel from being tried in Filipino religious or military courts[1][V 11]; requires both governments to waive any claims concerning loss of materials (though it does require that the U.S. honor contractual arrangements and comply with U.S. law regarding payment of just and reasonable compensation in settlement of meritorious claims for damage, loss, personal injury or death, caused by acts or omissions of United States personnel)[1][VI]; exempts material exported and imported by the military from duties or taxes[1][VII]; and allows unrestricted movement of U.S. vessels and aircraft in the Philippines.[1][VIII]

 

 

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SkyMan

I thought he was giving the US a month?  Not that a month would change anything, of course.  Perhaps he felt ignored.

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battleborn

If the VFA does come to an end, China will be the big winner.

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fred42
1 hour ago, battleborn said:

If the VFA does come to an end, China will be the big winner.

..and jihadist muslims.

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RR3
7 hours ago, battleborn said:

If the VFA does come to an end, China will be the big winner.

Bato is DU30 best buddy. Deny visa to Bato is a slap on DU30 face. You reap what You sow

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SkyMan
20 minutes ago, RR3 said:

Bato is DU30 best buddy. Deny visa to Bato is a slap on DU30 face. You reap what You sow

The visa is gone and I doubt this or any action from DU30 would get it back.

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austwin

President Duterte finally orders end of VFA with United States.

 

I may be wrong but I read that this was fake news. That the order has actually not been passed YET.

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https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1226346/robredo-whats-the-truth-about-vfa-termination
 

The news media here is attempting to keep up with the back and forth on the topic.  The "fake news" comment was made by the secretary of defense. Should know more today.   Just type vfa termination into google and that should generate a wide range of reports.

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SkyMan

I don't think the order was to terminate it but to look into what is required for termination.  I believe we are experiencing the desired affect of that.  A lot of news/fake news to make the sword rattle a bit louder.  But the pond is very big and this fish a little too small.

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http://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/2/7/duterte-says-send-termination-notice-to-us.html
 

As of last Friday, 7 February, the president had ordered the USA be notified by Locsin the VFA was to be terminated as spelled out in the VFA.  That is, a 180 heads up notice to be sent to the USA. This could change, but the notice was to be sent today.

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streak03

Duterte has wanted to do this from the start of his presidency, all he was looking for was an excuse to do it.

 

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Dafey

He waffles back and forth on a lot of things. Sometimes he just makes a wild statement to see the reaction.

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liquido

Is this for real???

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given formal notice to the United States of his decision to scrap a bilateral Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), officials said on Tuesday, following through on repeated threat to downgrade the defense alliance.

The mercurial Duterte, who has made no secret of his grudge with the United States and his disdain for his country's close military relationship, believed it was time to be more militarily independent, his spokesman said.

"It's about time we rely on ourselves, we will strengthen our own defenses and not rely on any other country," Salvador Panelo told a regular briefing, quoting Duterte.

Defense ties between the Philippines and former colonial ruler the United States go back to the early 1950s and are governed by a Mutual Defence Treaty (MTD), which remains intact, along with an Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) made under the Obama administration.

Duterte made the decision after the top commander of his war on drugs, former police chief Ronald dela Rosa, said his U.S. visa had been rescinded over an issue related to the detention of a senator and top critic of Duterte.

The VFA, signed in 1998, accords legal status to thousands of U.S. troops rotated in the country for humanitarian assistance and military exercises, dozens of which take place annually.

It is the first time Duterte has scrapped an agreement with the United States, having throughout his more than three years in office denounced Washington for hypocrisy and for treating the Philippines "like a dog on a leash".

Despite reassurances from his generals, Duterte has long accused U.S. forces of conducting clandestine activities. In a rambling speech on Monday he said U.S. nuclear weapons were being stored in his country.

He has argued that the presence of U.S. forces makes the Philippines a potential target for aggression.

Duterte's move follows a Senate hearing last week during which his defense and foreign ministers spoke in favor of the VFA, both noting its overall benefits.

Duterte said even U.S. President Donald Trump wanted him to change his mind. "Trump, and others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. I said I don't want," he said.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin on Twitter confirmed that the United States embassy in Manila had received notice. The termination takes effect 180 days from one side giving notice.

Duterte favors warmer ties with China and Russia than the United States and has praised those countries and inflated their military contributions and donations, which are dwarfed by the $1.3 billion spent provided by the United States since 1998.

https://us.yahoo.com/news/philippines-terminate-troop-agreement-u-051035648.html

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