A5: The termination procedure within the VFA sets a period of 180 days between the announcement of the intention to resign until the official date. In the absence of a new agreement, U.S. forces currently operating in the Philippines must withdraw or find a new legal status. These include US forces present to support AFP`s fight against Islamic State-linked insurgents in the southern islands. As AFP and broader Philippine government efforts against insurgents advance, U.S. support is strengthening and accelerating progress for the Philippines and slowing, if not reversing, the spread of the Islamic State to Southeast Asia. President Obama in 2014 and Duterte`s predecessor Benigno Aquino Jr. Signed U.S.-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) allows for an increased presence of U.S. forces, ships and aircraft in the Philippines and better U.S. access to Philippine military bases.