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. Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he had informed Washington in a diplomatic statement. The decision not to denounce the agreement was taken “in light of political and other developments in the region,” Locsin said in the diplomatic communication, without elaborating. The government of President Rodrigo Duterte informed the U.S. government on February 11 that it intended to terminate the 1998 agreement, which allows the entry of a large number of U.S.
forces for combat training with Philippine troops and sets the legal conditions for their temporary stay. The whistleblower would come into force after 180 days in August, unless both sides agreed to terminate the agreement. Relations between the Philippines and the United States (Filipino/Tagalog: Ugnayang Pilipinas-Estados Unidos) are bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States. Relations between the United States and the Philippines have been historically strong and have been described as special relationships.  The current Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, however, supports a foreign policy that is less dependent on the United States and prefers a closer policy with China and Russia although the Philippines and the United States signed a 1951 mutual defence agreement and are actively working to implement a strengthened defence cooperation agreement concluded in 2014. The Philippines is one of the oldest Asian partners of the United States and a non-NATO strategic ally. The United States has been considered one of the most popular nations of the Philippines in the world, with 90% of Filipinos that the United States and 91% Americans see positively in 2002 90% of Filipinos who see the influence of the United States positively,  85% of Filipinos who see the United States and Americans positive in 2013 and 92% of Filipinos, the United States.