The termination will take effect in six months, as requested under the agreement. Duterte`s decision to denounce the deal was met with lukewarm support by Donald Trump, who said, “I really have nothing against them doing so. . . . We will save a lot of money. However, Trump`s handling of the case shows another case where the US president and members of the U.S. government have differing views. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the resignation “a step in the wrong direction.” Von Duterte`s decision appears to be part of Donald Trump`s broader philosophy of demanding more payments from U.S. allies or considering a reduction in U.S. commitments to the alliance, but the State Department and the Department of Defense have not moved in that direction.
Many U.S. defense analysts have said the decision to end the VFA weakens the ability of the United States and the Philippines to conduct effective counterterrorism missions. Trump has often shown strong rhetoric, but there could be room to close. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that Philippine armed forces can fight Muslim insurgents and extremists without U.S. military assistance to defend his recent decision to end a U.S. security pact. He said Manila was open to similar agreements with other countries. “As long as it is favourable to us and there is mutual benefit to both countries, we will be open,” he said. The Philippines, a former U.S. territory that gained independence in 1946, has long regarded Washington as its most powerful ally. In addition to the VFA, it also has a mutual defence contract with the United States, which dates back to the 1950s.
But some analysts say the pact, combined with the Obama administration`s enhanced defense cooperation agreement, could be at risk if the deal on the U.S. military visit was abolished. Locsin outlined at the Senate hearing what he said were the essential economic and security benefits of the agreement. The United States is a long-standing ally of the treaty, an important trading partner and the largest donor of development assistance to the Philippines. Opposition to the U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty in the Philippines has had its periods on both sides of the Pacific. Given the longevity of the U.S. military presence in the Philippines the opposition to the U.S.
military presence in the Philippines and the treaty itself began in the 1980s with the escalation of tensions around American political decisions and their consequences.  In the late 1970s and 1980s, the anti-US atmosphere increased after the U.S. military`s accusations and increasing assaults on Filipino men and women. Nightclubs and social hotspots around Clark Air Force Base and Naval Base Subic Bay have become hot spots in accusations of attacks by U.S. service providers on local Filipinos.  Political tensions continue to rise. In 1991, the 1947 basic military agreement ended and the bush administration of George H. W. Bush of the U.S. and the Corazon Aquino Administration of the Philippines were in talks to renew the agreement. A new contract, the “RP-US contract of friendship, cooperation and security”, has been signed for the renewal of the subic berry lease.
  Anti-US sentiment in the Philippines continued to grow and was reflected in the election of the Philippine Senate. The majority of the Philippine Senate opposed the renewal. On September 13, 1991, the Philippine Senate voted against ratification of the new treaty.  As a result, the last U.S. military personnel in the Philippines were withdrawn from bases on November 24, 1992. At a Senate hearing last week, Locsin warned that lifting the 1998 security agreement with Washington would undermine Philippine security and encourage aggression in the South China Sea.