The pact allowed the U.S. military to conduct large-scale joint exercises in the Philippines, decades after the Americans were driven out of naval bases north of Manila due to rental disputes. The Philippines, a former U.S. territory that gained independence in 1946, has long regarded Washington as its most powerful Allaten. In addition to the VFA, it also has a reciprocal defense contract with the United States, which dates back to the 1950s. But some analysts say that if the agreement to visit US forces is rejected, the pact could be threatened along with the Obama administration`s enhanced defense cooperation agreement. Under the Visiting Forces Agreement, the Philippine Armed Forces have been trained by their U.S. counterparts in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. Hundreds of joint exercises are carried out each year. In February, Mr. Duterte ordered the termination of the Visiting Force Forces Agreement, jeopardizing security coverage for the Philippines, which faces increasingly hostile Chinese actions in the South China Sea. As part of the deal, Washington and Manila had 180 days after giving notice — in this case until August — to try to save the deal. Yet the Philippine left is reluctant to celebrate the end of the VFA.
“The Philippine government`s rapprochement with China will destroy the goal of ending the VFA,” said Tinay Palabay, secretary-general of the progressive rights group Karapatan, calling the end of the deal a “positive step toward asserting our sovereignty” — which the left fears will be threatened by both the UNITED States and China. The U.S. has used the deal at least twice to keep accused military personnel under U.S. jurisdiction.   On January 18, 2006, the United States was detained by the military of four soldiers accused of rape while on their way to Subic Bay during their trial in a Philippine court.  They were detained by U.S. officials at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. This has sparked protests from those who believe the agreement is unilateral, damaging and contrary to the sovereignty of the Philippines. [Citation required] The agreement has been characterized in such a way that it grants the United States immunity from prosecution. . .