Visiting Forces Agreement Essay

However, as we continue to see the headlines about the termination of the VFA, it will be important to keep in mind the contours of its importance. As for symbolism, nixtering the VFA would be the biggest realized setback we`ve seen in the Philippine-American alliance since Duterte took office. While Duterte has already made various threats, including seeking a “separation” from the United States and cancelling exercises, none of them have actually played a role, and on some fronts such as exercises, cooperation has indeed intensified. And as former Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario pointed out, the VFA is important not only for its own good, but also as part of a series of agreements related to the MDT that contribute to its effective implementation.