Military Capabilities

Manila to terminate Visiting Forces Agreement with Washington

12 February 2020

The Philippine government announced on 11 February that it has signed a notice of termination for the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States that came into force in May 1999.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, who signed the document on the order of President Rodrigo Duterte, announced via Twitter that the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the United States in Manila, John Law, had received the notice.

During a press briefing held that same day Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Manila's unilateral move means that the VFA, which, among other things, exempts US forces and personnel from passport and visa regulations and allows them to use their driving permits and licenses in the Philippines, will effectively end in 180 days.

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