Philippines [Updated August 17, 2021]   [open pdf - 524KB]

From the Document: "On July 30, 2021, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana announced that the Philippines had agreed to re-commit to the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which governs the legal status of U.S. military forces operating in the Philippines and establishes rules by which U.S. troops, vessels, and aircraft may enter the country. The move reversed a February 2020 decision in which the Philippines sought to terminate the agreement. The Philippine Constitution limits the President to one, six-year term. Preparations for the next Presidential election, scheduled for May 2022, have begun. In July 2021, Duterte said he is 'seriously thinking' of running for Vice-President, sparking speculation he could be part of a future administration. (The Philippine President and Vice-President are elected separately and may be from different political parties.) A wide range of presidential candidates have expressed interest in running. As of mid-August 2021, the World Health Organization reported approximately 1.6 million COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] cases in the Philippines, and 28,000 deaths. About 11% of the population was fully vaccinated. On July 30, the government reimposed lockdown measures in the Manila metropolitan area. Most vaccines, both purchased and donated, have come from China and the United States."

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CRS In Focus, IF10250
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