US to Upgrade and Expand Facilities of Philippine Military Bases this 2017

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One of the world’s most powerful country, the United States of America (USA) will upgrade and expand the facilities of Philippine military bases this year 2017 after President Rody Duterte reverse its stance on our foreign policy.

The upgrading and expansion of the Philippine military bases by the US was announced to the media by the head of the Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

According to DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana, Pres. Rody Duterte would honour plans for the US to build barracks, warehouses and runways in at least three locations in the Philippines.

Pres. Duterte changes his stance a few months after he said he wanted the US troops to leave the country. Under the Defense Fact between the two countries, the US has troops at five Philippine military bases.

Based upon the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) which was signed in 2014, the US will deploy ships, aircraft and troops at those bases and to store equipment for humanitarian and maritime operations.

DND Sec. Lorenzana said that Pres. Duterte had promised to honour all existing agreements with the US, a long-time ally of the Philippines.

Before the announcement of the DND Secretary, the US Senate’s Armed Forces Committee, Sen. John McCain, proposed $7.5 billion (approximately P373 billion) in new military funding for US forces and their allies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sources: BBC News

Ed Umbao

Founder of PhilNews.xyz | co-Founder of PhilNews.ph

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