The corresponding notification was passed to the US Embassy in Manila.
The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs has notified the U.S. of the termination of the Foreign Armed Forces Treaty. Deputy Foreign Secretary Dodo Dulay said this on his Twitter page on Tuesday.
“By order of the President [Rodrigo Duterte], transmitted through the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin signed today a notice of termination of the Treaty on the status of foreign armed forces, which will be immediately transmitted to the US Embassy in Manila,” the Deputy Minister said in a statement.
According to the Manila Bulletin, the agreement will expire 180 days after Washington receives the letter. The Treaty on the status of foreign armed forces (Visiting Forces Agreement) was signed in 1998 and regulates the rules of entry and stay of the US military in the Philippines, providing also a legal basis for conducting joint exercises on the territory of the country.
The decision to terminate the agreement was announced by President Rodrigo Duterte in January after Washington refused to issue a visa to Philippine Senator Ronald dela Rosa. This step is considered by the President as interference in the internal Affairs of Manila. The US budget law, signed by President Donald Trump in early January, includes a provision banning Filipino officials from entering the US related to a lawsuit against opposition politician Leila de Lima. This provision was applied to Philippine Senator Ronald dela Rosa.