Following the signing of the Manila Declaration, representatives of the United States and the Philippines met to sign a new partnership to strengthen economic and defensive relations between the two countries. This new formal agreement is the partnership for growth. The new agreement is part of President Obama`s comprehensive development initiative, which aims to strengthen business development and trade relations between the two countries in the Philippines.  At the signing ceremony of the new agreement, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the U.S. position on the Philippines` mutual defense, saying, „The United States will always be in the corner of the Philippines. We will always fight with you and fight to achieve the future we are looking for.  Opponents argue that the agreement undermines the two countries` position on non-proliferation, while representatives of both governments say it supports the security and reliability of their respective nuclear arsenals. The Government should be asked to respond to its reasons for violating its legal obligation to work on disarmament and to renew an agreement with the United States to maintain the nuclear weapons production capabilities of both countries. The government should be held accountable for its actions, without being allowed to impose a very sensitive contract extension without debate. The agreement allows U.S. forces, at the invitation of the Philippine government, to access and use designated areas and facilities belonging to 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.
 Certainly not because there is an alliance. It is the kind of non-reciprocal „mutual defence contract“ that is characteristic of a treaty born in 1951. This treaty was sixty-eight years ago, a different time, with different circumstances, different threats and a different justification. The original objective was essentially to protect itself from an improved Japan, when the Soviet Union was a convenient secondary threat. Both are gone. A 60-year-old nuclear deal between the United Kingdom and the United States of America was last renewed in 2014 without parliamentary debate or vote. British public opinion and parliamentarians first became aware of this recent extension and ratification of the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA) when President Obama informed the United States Congress. The CND considers that the provisions of the MDA are contrary to the legal obligations of the United Kingdom as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Opposition to the U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty in the Philippines has had its periods on both sides of the Pacific. Given the longevity of the U.S. military presence in the Philippines the opposition to the U.S. military presence in the Philippines and the treaty itself began in the 1980s with the escalation of tensions around American political decisions and their consequences.  In the late 1970s and 1980s, the anti-US atmosphere increased after the U.S. military`s accusations and increasing assaults on Filipino men and women.