Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Defence.  [VIII 1] The abandonment of jurisdiction in the United States is complicated, because the United States is a federation of American states and, therefore, a federation of jurisdictions. The Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement, sometimes also the EU Visiting Forces Agreement, is a bilateral agreement on visiting forces between the Philippines and the United States, consisting of two separate documents. The first of these documents is usually referred to as “VFA” or “VFA-1″ and the second as “VFA-2” or “counter-agreement”.  A visiting force agreement is a version of a status-of-force agreement that only applies to troops who are temporarily in a country. . . .