The choice made by the Philippine government to end the Visiting Forces Agreement will likely create more issues when dealing with counterterrorism in the region. The Defense Department’s Lead Inspector General has commented that the negative effects of this are still somewhat unknown but could be more severe than the Philippines imagined. Without the agreement, U.S. counterterrorism missions will be hampered. Also, the coronavirus pandemic has weakened the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ operations against terrorism. The termination of the military agreement that was signed in 1999 will go into effect on August 9th.