The opposition movement in the Philippines eased after the expulsion of AMERICAN personnel from the Philippines in the early 1990s. But it never really dissolved in its entirety. Anti-US sentiment remained a widespread social problem within the Metro Manila collegiate community and relatively small anti-US protests took place outside the United States. Message until the early 2000s.  As a result of the unfortunate events around 11/11, the United States began to restructure and exercise its rights under the U.S. Defence Treaty as part of its war on terror which included sending U.S. forces to the Philippines as part of Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines to advise and support the Philippine armed forces.  When the U.S. military and the Philippine armed forces began training and conducting counterterrorism missions in the Philippine archipelago, the anti-US atmosphere began to pick up slowly. In February, Duterte ordered the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, jeopardizing security coverage for the Philippines, which is increasingly hostile to Chinese actions in the South China Sea. Under the agreement, Washington and Manila had 180 days after giving notice – in this case until August – to try to salvage the deal. Article V defines the significance of the attack and its purpose, which encompasses all attacks by an enemy power, is held as an attack on a metropolitan area by both parties or against the island territories under its jurisdiction in the Pacific or against its armed forces, public ships or aircraft in the Pacific.
 Article VI states that this treaty does not infringe the rights and obligations of the parties under the Charter of the United Nations, obstructs or is not construed as an infringement.  Article VII stipulates that the treaty will be ratified in accordance with the constitutional procedures established by the United States Constitution and the Philippine Constitution.  Finally, Article VIII provides that the contractual terms are indeterminate until one or both parties intend to denounce the agreement. If the contract is terminated, each party must terminate one year in advance.  MANILA – In a strategic setback for China, the Philippine government turned around Tuesday and said it would maintain a long-standing military pact with the United States, which President Rodrigo Duterte denounced as unfair. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced this month that the lifting of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) would be suspended for another six months, allowing U.S. troops to reach Philippine soil for regional military security exercises and local humanitarian activities. Philippine President`s spokesman Harry Roque said Thursday that in another six months, “we will know the president`s decision.” 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. Political analysts have interpreted the reversal as a sign that China`s neighbors are worried about its growing military strength. The Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia have all disputes with China over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.