In 1993, countries concluded a SOFA.104 The agreement was subsequently extended on 19 September 1994; 28 April 1995; and 29 November, 1 December and 8 December 1995. Countries concluded an agreement on the treatment of U.S. forces that visited the Philippines in 1998.105 This agreement was amended on April 11 and 12, 2006. The difference between this agreement and the sofa, originally concluded in 1993, is that this agreement applies to visits by US forces that are not stationed in the Philippines. The countries have also concluded an agreement on the treatment of personnel of the Republic of the Philippines travelling to the United States (counter-agreement). 106 SOFAs generally do not authorize specific military operations or missions of U.S. forces. While SOFAs generally offer no combat power, the inherent right to self-defense is not compromised or reduced. == Staff always have the right to defend themselves when threatened or attacked, and a SOFA does not take away this right.32 In sofa, there is often a language that defines the scope of the agreement. For example, the SOFA with Belize explicitly applies to U.S. personnel “who may temporarily stay in Belize for military exercises and training, counter-narcotics activities, U.S. security assistance programs, or other agreed upon purposes.” 33 The United States had entered into two separate agreements with Belize concerning military training and the supply of defence items.34 The SOFA itself does not authorize specific operations, exercises or activities, but contains provisions relating to the legal status and protection of U.S. personnel while operating in Belize.
Under the terms of the agreement, U.S. personnel enjoy legal protection as if they were U.S. administrative and technical personnel. Embassy.35 The counter-treaty contains criminal justice provisions for Philippine personnel while in the United States. The agreement was reached in the form of an executive agreement and was not ratified by the U.S. Senate. According to the logic of Clifford`s District Court of Columbia, because the agreement would have to reduce the impact of U.S. jurisdiction, it would have to be ratified by the Senate to be constitutionally valid. However, the counter-treaty differs from SOFA with the Republic of Korea and SOFAs with other foreign jurisdictions in that the United States does not fully waive jurisdiction for offenses committed on U.S. territory. On the contrary, the agreement states that U.S. .