US military moves back into the Philippines. If war with Russia over Ukraine doesn’t come to fruition, there’s always China.

US, Philippines sign deal on military accord

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, left, exchanges documents with U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg after signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday. Photo: AP
APPhilippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, left, 
exchanges documents with U.S. Ambassador Philip
 Goldberg after signing the Enhanced Defense Cooperation 
Agreement at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, 
north of Manila, Philippines on Monday. Photo: AP

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement will give American forces temporary access to selected military camps across the Philippines and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships.

The U.S. military will get greater access to bases across the 
Philippines under a 10-year agreement signed on Monday in 
conjunction with President Barack Obama’s visit in a deal 
seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese 
aggression in the region.

U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Philippine Defense
 Secretary Voltaire Gazmin signed the agreement at the main 
military camp in the capital, Manila, ahead of Mr. Obama’s 
stop and portrayed it is as a central part of his weeklong Asia 

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement will give 
American forces temporary access to selected military camps
 and allow them to preposition fighter jets and ships.

The deal was signed hours before Obama arrived in Manila 
on the last leg of a four-country Asian tour, following stops in 
Japan, South Korea and Malaysia.

Mr. Goldberg said the agreement will “promote peace and 
security in the region,” and allow U.S. and Philippine forces 
to respond faster to disasters and other contingencies.

A Philippine government primer on the defence accord that 
was seen by The Associated Press did not indicate how many 
additional U.S. troops would be deployed “on temporary and 
rotational basis.” It said the number would depend on the 
scale of joint military activities to be held in the camps.

The size and duration of that presence has to be worked out 
with the Philippine government, said Evan Medeiros, senior 
director for Asian affairs at the White House’s National 
Security Council.

Mr. Medeiros declined to say which places are being 
considered under the agreement, but said the long-shuttered 
U.S. facility at Subic Bay could be one of the locations.

The defence accord will help the allies achieve different goals. 
With its anaemic military, the Philippines has struggled to 
bolster its territorial defence amid China’s increasingly 
assertive behaviour in the disputed South China Sea.

Manila’s efforts have dovetailed with Washington’s intention 
to pivot away from years of heavy military engagement in the 
Middle East to Asia, partly as a counterweight to China’s 
rising clout.

“The Philippines’ immediate and urgent motivation is to 
strengthen itself and look for a security shield with its pitiful 
military,” Manila-based political analyst Ramon Casiple said. 
“The U.S. is looking for a re-entry to Asia, where its 
superpower status has been put in doubt.”

The convergence could work to deter China’s increasingly 
assertive stance in disputed territories, Mr. Casiple said. But
 it could further antagonize Beijing, which sees such tactical 
alliance as a U.S. strategy to contain its rise, and encourage 
China to intensify its massive military buildup, he said.

The agreement says the U.S. will “not establish a permanent 
military presence or base in the Philippines” in compliance 
with Manila’s constitution. A Filipino base commander will 
have access to areas to be shared with American forces, 
according to the primer.

Disagreements over Philippine access to designated U.S. 
areas within local camps hampered negotiations for the 
agreement last year.

The agreement will increase coordination between U.S. and 
Filipino forces, boost the 120,000-strong Philippine 
military’s capability to monitor and secure the country’s 
territory and respond more rapidly to natural disasters and 
other emergencies.

While the U.S. military will not pay rent for local camp areas, 
the Philippines will own buildings and infrastructure to be 
built or improved by the Americans and reap economic gains 
from the U.S. presence, the primer said.

The presence of foreign troops is a sensitive issue in the 
Philippines, a former American colony.

The Philippine Senate voted in 1991 to close down U.S. bases 
at Subic and Clark, northwest of Manila. However, it ratified 
a pact with the United States allowing temporary visits by 
American forces in 1999, four years after China seized a reef 
the Philippines contests.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, 
hundreds of U.S. forces descended in the southern 
Philippines under that accord to hold counterterrorism 
exercises with Filipino troops fighting Muslim militants.

This time, the focus of the Philippines and its underfunded 
military has increasingly turned to external threats as 
territorial spats with China in the potentially oil-and gas-rich 
South China Sea heated up in recent years.

Chinese paramilitary ships took effective control of the 
disputed Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing ground off the 
northwestern Philippines, in 2012. Last year, Chinese coast 
guard ships surrounded another contested offshore South 
China Sea territory, the Second Thomas Shoal, where they 
have been trying to block food supplies and rotation of 
Filipino marines aboard a grounded Philippine navy ship in 
the remote coral outcrops.

China has ignored Philippines’ diplomatic protests and 
Manila’s move last year to challenge Beijing’s territorial 
claims in the South China Sea before an international 
arbitration tribunal. It has warned the U.S. to stay out of the 
Asian dispute.

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6 Responses to “US military moves back into the Philippines. If war with Russia over Ukraine doesn’t come to fruition, there’s always China.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is very interesting about the philipines because people in the UK want the US bases closed down and the people sent home
    many people have written time and time again to the Bases asking them to stop the chemtrailing of our people, most times they are ignored or given bullshit.
    Its time we had a petition.
    csrl jackson

  2. Anonymous says:

    Is Obama trying really hard to provoke a Sino-Russian alliance to pick a fight with?
    It’s time he pissed off instead of ‘pivotting’ around Asia or anywhere else he has no business to.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Incest in Hollywood

    GeneticsToday interview: Canadian researcher exposes ancient incest

  4. Nollidge says:

    Dear Anon 1.42.Went there- just got a black screen.No sound.Just thought you might like to know.

  5. Anonymous says:

    funny that 1976 un weather weapons treaty.
    yet the bbc never made a programme about weather weapons.
    whats a weather weapon it does not exist that is why we have a treaty A.

    phillipines had some very bad weather
    some say haarp is a weather weapon.
    do what we say or we destroy you just like the james bond bad guy.
    only the bad guys are felix liter from the cia,james bond of the mi6 and topol fiddler on the palestine roof from is rahell

  6. Anonymous says:

    … many years of hearing 0nce-young sailors’n’soldiers recall subic bay:..


    whose sunken gully encircled their perimeter like a sewer, drainage, across from which little
    girls lifted their dresses2catch

    nickels ‘n’ dimes
    “i’ll be back”

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