In 2012, the Philippines and the United States conducted joint military exercises.  Starting in 2012, a U.S. military contingent of 600 U.S. troops, including Navy Seals and Seabees, are “infinitely” stationed in the southern Philippines, in a declared non-combatant role to support Philippine forces in operations against the terrorist group al-Qaeda abu Sayyaf, mainly on Basilan Island, west of Mindanao and in the Sulu Islands, especially Jolo , a long-time landmark of Abu Sayyaf.  The negotiations have been widely reported in the press. There have been some complaints that these negotiations were conducted in secret, behind closed doors. Nevertheless, there was a concerted and fruitful effort to give the public a complete idea of what was going on. All other areas currently occupied by the army and navy are not considered bases, but temporary facilities that must be evacuated within two years. I am assured by the U.S.
military that most of these temporary facilities will be evacuated and made available to the government and private use, as titled, in a much shorter time frame. The port facilities in the Manila region, intended for use by the army and navy, are limited to the area created in 1941 for such uses and are considered, for jurisdictional reasons, as a temporary facility and not as a base. It is anticipated that the U.S. armed forces will be able to continue to use these port facilities until other agreements can be reached, and this is agreed upon between the two governments. Through this agreement, we have guaranteed our national defence. We have formalized our military relations with the United States for 99 years. We have defined the community of interest that will bind our two peoples for almost a century. I think that is a great advantage for the Philippines.
The United States does not enjoy a single privilege that does not serve the common interest of our two countries. The agreement as a whole is intended to ensure mutual protection and to promote our interest, along with that of the United States, in peacekeeping in this part of the world. We are now assured that no aggressor will take themselves lightly to invade us. Without the VFA or otherwise, according to Mr. Schaus, it would be much more difficult to put the mutual defence agreement into practice. Any specific force movement should be authorized independently. It is not known what happened with the visa, but perhaps the tactical problems of Filippino`s management offer a way to tacitly reassess operations without AFL. “CONSIDERING that such an approach by the United States Congress, which was taken into account by the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines, then founded in Washington, marks a new era in relations between the Philippines and the United States, while combining more and more closely than ever the friendly and reciprocal interests between the two countries, not just the sustainability of the independence and security of the United States. , but also the tranquility and tranquility in the Pacific.
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