Many U.S. defense analysts have claimed that the decision to end the VFA weakens the ability of the U.S. and the Philippines to conduct effective counterterrorism missions. Trump has often shown strong rhetoric, but there could be space for him to give in. Over the next decade, the Philippines became a center of U.S. counterterrorism strategy. When the Obama administration took responsibility for US foreign policy, a clash broke out with Rodrigo Duterte`s new regime. The U.S. rejection of Duterte`s «war on drugs,» combined with his tacit support for Duterte`s critics, helped weaken the alliance again. The turning point was reached in recent weeks when Duterte announced the denunciation of the visit agreement. .