Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has once again extended the agreement on the deployment of US troops and military equipment on the territory of the country (Visiting Forces Agreement, VFA), said the head of the Philippine Foreign Ministry Teodoro Locsin.
The Philippine authorities notified the United States of the termination of the VFA in February 2020. In June and November of the same year, the Philippines suspended the entry into force of this decision for six months.
“Secretary (Foreign Minister) Locsin announces the decision of President Duterte to freeze the cancellation of the VFA for another six months,” the minister said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The VFA went into effect in 1999 and granted legal status to thousands of U.S. soldiers who are deployed to the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian operations.