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Plan to expand U.S. military presence in Philippines assailed, defended (3)

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16:59, January 31, 2012

"We reinforced the significance of our Mutual Defense Treaty as the basis for the alliance and the treaty's continued relevance to the peace, security and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific," the joint communique issued after the dialogue said.

Del Rosario said that if there would be threats to the country' s national interest, it should be prepared to deal with these issues diplomatically. "To complement the diplomatic approach we must at the very least also endeavor to achieve a minimum credible defense posture," he said.

In Malacanang, Presidential Communications Secretary Ramon Carandang said that there was a convergence of interests in the need of the Philippines to upgrade its defense capability and the U.S. desire to make its presence felt in the Asia-Pacific.

Carandang said the U.S. is not just talking to the Philippines on having their presence felt but also to other countries in Asia like Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

Del Rosario and other officials stressed that any U.S. military buildup would be in accordance with Philippine law, which bans any foreign troops from being permanently based in the country.

The U.S. maintained two large military bases in the Philippines but was forced to abandon them in l992 after the Philippine Senate voted down a new agreement crafted by the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino.

But even without the American bases, a rotating force of about 600 U.S. troops has been stationed in Mindanao for the past decade but purely on non-combatant role, such as training Filipino soldiers in the fight against Islamic extremists.


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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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