The VFA provides for rules on the entry and exit of U.S. personnel to the Philippines, the transfer of military ships and aircraft, and the importation and export of equipment and goods related to the activities covered by the agreement. The Agreement on Enhanced Defence Cooperation (EDCA), signed in April 2014 under then-President Benigno Aquino III, aims to operationalize the VFA. Military activities authorized by the Philippines are also insinuated in the context of the VFA. The executive agreement provides for an increased military turnover of U.S. troops, aircraft and ships in the Philippines and allows them greater access to military bases in the country. 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.” “This agreement remains in effect until the expiry of 180 days from the date on which one party notifies the other party in writing its wish to terminate the contract.” Ang U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay sa Olongapo, Zambales ang nagging pangunahing pasilidad para sa pag-aayos ng mga barko, pagpupuno ng suplay, at pahingahan ng hukbong pandagat ng Estados Unidos. Ito rin ang pinaka-malaking in-sea military installation ng puwersang Americano matapos magsara ang Clark Air Base noong 1991.
Nang ipasara noong 1992, ginawa itong Subic Bay Freeport ng Pamahalaang Filipino. IIlan kasi sa mga maaring maging dulot ng pagkakaroon ng base military ay ang pagkakaipit ng Pilipinas sa kung anumang alitan meron ang Estados Unidos sa mga kalapit bansa ng Pilipinas. As a contract for the execution of the VFA, EDCA authorizes the prepositioning of war materials on approved sites. This includes strengthening the modernization capabilities of the Philippine armed forces. READ: The pH of the military pact with the UNITED States) Meanwhile, Bagares argued that executive agreements based on the VFA “would have no leg to stand on” if the VFA were abolished. – with reports from Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler.com In addition, the VFA also gives instructions in case of crimes committed by American personnel on Philippine territory. In general, the Philippines is responsible for U.S. personnel who commit crimes in the country and can impose sanctions and sanctions in accordance with Philippine law. However, where U.S. security and property offences are committed or committed in accordance with official obligations, U.S.
military authorities will take jurisdiction over their personnel in dispute. The VFA was developed after the Philippine Senate rejected the presence of U.S. bases in the country in 1991. The VFA also provides for a reciprocal or contrary agreement, signed on 9 October 1998. This agreement applies to Filipino personnel temporarily sent to the United States. It also allows for joint military exercises such as balikatan. “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. Ang mabuting naidulot ng pagkakaroon ng Base Militar ng America ay hanggang sa lokal na lebel lamang. Ang mga bayan ng Angeles sa Pampanga, Subic sa Zambales at Baguio ay nakinabang ng husto sa mga itinayong US bases.
Lumago ang kanilang ekonomiya dahil sa pagkakaroon ng Redlight District sa paligid nito. Nagkaroon ng maraming negosyo gaya ng mga club, kainan, in souvenir shops. If the VFA ends, what will happen to other military treaties and agreements with the United States? Former Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario also pointed out that the VFA, for example, allowed the rapid movement of US aid to the Philippines after the Yolanda Super Typhoon (Haiyan) in 2013.