“It is indeed the right of the Philippine government to do so if it finds that the agreement is no longer in our national interest,” Defence Minister Delfin Lorenzana said on 24 January. First, the Philippine security establishment still appreciates the alliance. Philippine forces continue to benefit from the VFA and receive military assistance, training, training and weapons. And although the Philippine Foreign Minister and Defence Minister mentioned the need to review the agreement and develop an autonomous national defence, the two did not openly ask for an end to the VFA. Major Philippine lawmakers also called on Duterte to reconsider his decision on the VFA. There would be the transfer of the U.S. Navy Joseph Scott Pemberton, who currently declared a 10-year prison sentence in a Philippine Armed Forces facility (AFP) for the 2014 murder of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude in the Penitentiary National Prison, Bagares. Pemberton was arrested at AFP Custodial Center “as part of an agreement” between the two countries under the VFA. The “agreed sites” under the EDCA concern Philippine government areas and facilities that US forces have the “right” to access, as agreed between the two countries.
The EDCA allows U.S. forces to use and access “agreed locations” in the country for security cooperation, humanitarian and disaster relief operations, as well as to “pre-position and store” equipment and equipment for the same purpose. The end of the VFA would leave the U.S. military in the Philippines, without any legal or operational reputation – and that`s a problem for the Alliance. Without a VFA, the U.S. military would not be able to support any of these defense agreements. If the VFA ends, what will happen to other military treaties and agreements with the United States? Under Article V of the agreement, the custody of U.S. personnel whose case falls under Philippine jurisdiction must “immediately reside with the U.S. military authorities if they wish” from the time the crime was committed, until all legal proceedings are completed. However, U.S.
military authorities make the accused available to the Philippine authorities “in a timely manner for investigations or judicial proceedings related to the offence.” The second challenge, Suzette Nicolas y Sombilon Vs.