As set out in Article 1 of the Treaty, each party must peacefully resolve international disputes so as not to threaten world peace and refrain from threatening violence in a manner inconsistent with the objective of the United Nations.  Article II stipulates that each party can, individually or collectively, acquire, develop and maintain, through mutual assistance, its ability to withstand armed attacks. Article III stipulates that the parties will consult from time to time, using their secretaries of state, foreign ministers or consuls, to determine appropriate enforcement measures.  The parties will also consult if one of the parties finds that their territorial integrity, political independence or national security is threatened by armed attacks in the Pacific.  Article IV stipulates that an attack on one of the two parties is carried out in accordance with their constitutional processes and that any armed attack against either side is brought to the attention of the United Nations for immediate arrest.  Once the United Nations has issued such orders, all hostile actions between the signatories of this treaty and the opposing parties will be fine-sided.  The agreement allows U.S. forces, at the invitation of the Philippine government, to access and use designated areas and facilities owned and controlled by the Philippine armed forces. It clearly provides that the United States will not establish a permanent military presence or base in the Philippines and prohibits the entry of nuclear weapons into the Philippines.  The EDCA has an initial term of ten years and will remain in effect until its termination by one of the parties after an intention of one year of termination.  But why? Manila is a strange “ally” to which such a commitment is made. At the beginning of his presidency, Phillippin President Rodrigo Duterte ostentatively hugged China and insulted the United States.
In fact, he explained the “separation” of his government from Washington and proposed sending American troops home. More recently, Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana warned that if Washington did not clarify the alliance`s request for Scarborough Shoal, the end of the relationship would be “an option.” Although his country has refused to continue accepting U.S. defense subsidies, Lorenzana argued that “it`s not the lack of security that worries me.