Visiting Forces Agreement News

accept Philippine driver`s licenses; [2] [V] authorizes Philippine personnel to carry weapons in U.S. military facilities while on duty; [2] [VI] provides for tax exemptions and import/export exclusions for Philippine personnel; [2] [X, XI] calls on the United States to provide health care to Filipino personnel; [2] [XIV] and exempts Philippine vehicles, ships and aircraft from landing or port, navigation or overflight taxes, road fees or other charges for the use of U.S. military facilities. [2] [XV] But there is a glimmer of hope in Duterte`s announcement: according to the agreement, the official termination of the VFA will only take effect for 180 days, meaning Washington and Manila have until August 9 to save them or negotiate a new VFA to avoid a new alliance crisis. The challenge is that Duterte is an extremely American anti-American president who could attempt to eliminate the MDT as a whole in favor of greater autonomy and a better relationship with China and Russia.