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Plan to expand U.S. military presence in Philippines assailed, defended (2)

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16:59, January 31, 2012

Renato Reyes, secretary general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Nationalist Alliance), has assailed the port calls in Manila and Cebu of two American warships, saying these "were already part of the heightened U.S. power projection in Asia as stated in the new U.S. defense strategy."

The U.S. embassy in Manila said that the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer was to make a port call in Manila over the weekend while the USS Chafee was to visit the port of Cebu.

Reyes said that the U.S. may not even need formal bases in the Philippines given the access and virtual basing opportunities that they have now under the VFA.

But Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said that while the Philippines would accept an increased U.S. military presence in the country this would be in accordance with Philippine laws that ban the basing of foreign troops.

Del Rosario said that increased military presence could include more and more frequent joint exercises and a greater number of U.S. troops rotating through the country.

"It is to our definite advantage to be exploring how to maximize our treaty alliance with the United States in ways that would be mutually acceptable and beneficial," Del Rosario said in a statement.

In the Washington dialogue, both the Philippines and the U.S agreed to shift into high gear their cooperation in maritime security, defense and law enforcement as provided for in the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) signed in l951 by the two countries.


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PD User at 2012-02-01120.166.18.*
As long as no one dared to stop all these mad things done by the U.S., then, do not expect this world would be a safe place to live, anywhere, including in the U.S. and in the land of Israel itself
PD User at 2012-02-0174.61.88.*
Unfortunately the US is still playing the last century's imperial neo-colonial games in an effort to try to control the world for its own benefit. As a US citizen, I am sick to death of US imperial actions. I hope our government finally realizes it is cheaper to buy raw materials at a fair price than it is to go to war.
Nic at 2012-02-01175.141.57.*
China saves your money, don't just give. Nobody will remember it when your interests and theirs clash. Allowing the Phillipinoes to work in HK and China is already kind enough. Use your hard earn money for improving your environment, water supplies and your standard of living. Others will have to work hard for themselves; only then they will appreciate what life really means!
wende at 2012-01-3171.255.83.*
US can't give Philippine any trade benefits as US manufacturing is "kaput". US main exports are weapons. Philippines cannot subsists on military hardware. Only China can help Philippines economy in a big way.
  

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