DFA chief: More US troops allowed under PH-US defense pact


Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario said Saturday a greater presence of American troops in the country should be welcomed as such was allowed under the long-standing mutual defense treaty between the Philippines and the United States.

The country’s top diplomat, however, stressed that the establishment of any US military facility could be granted only if it would be under the control of the Philippine military and would not violate the Constitution, which bars the US from using military bases in the country.

“Our MDT (Mutual Defense Treaty) calls for joint action if either Philippines or US is attacked. It would then be logical to assume that in the event of an attack on the Philippines or on our treaty ally, the US would be allowed to use our bases,” Del Rosario told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“For example, if the US were to propose a facility in the Philippines to support humanitarian assistance, disaster response and maritime security—one that is mutually beneficial, one that is controlled by the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and one that is not violative of the Philippine Constitution— we should welcome that form of assistance and cooperation,” he added.

Del Rosario made the comment when asked about Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin’s statement Friday on the possibility of restoring US bases in the Philippines in case of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Gazmin said Friday that permitting the return of US bases in the Philippines might happen “in cases of extreme emergency,” including the possible breakout of war in the Korean Peninsula.

Amid doubts about its weapons and nuclear launch capabilities, North Korea has threatened to wage war against South Korea and its ally, the United States, following fresh international sanctions for its nuclear tests earlier this year.

The two countries along with Japan, another defense ally, have raised their defense posture in the face of Pyongyang’s persistent war rhetoric.

The Philippines is closely monitoring developments on the Korean Peninsula, mainly to look after the welfare of some 40,000 Filipinos known to be residing there.

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul has been on Alert Level 1 since North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  came out with his nuclear threat two weeks ago.

Under this alert level, embassy officials are in constant contact with the Filipino community in Korea and continue to refine an evacuation plan for Philippine nationals if the tension escalates.

US bases in Clark, Pampanga and Subic Bay, Olongapo City were closed down in 1992 following a Senate vote, ending nearly a century of US military presence in the country.

But defense cooperation between the two countries has been close in the last 20 years since. Most recently, both sides vowed to further deepen such relationship amid common concerns in the region.

In meetings in Washington D.C. earlier this April, Del Rosario reaffirmed such ties with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

During the meetings, US officials discussed progress in increasing rotational presence of US troops in the Philippines and the conduct of further joint military exercises in the areas of both defense and humanitarian and disaster response.

The US is keen on the security situation in the Asia Pacific amid its defense pivot to the region.

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  • Marx Louis Wang

    Siguradong mag-ngi-ngitngit sina DakuAkongUtin at PurpleDaisy13 sa news na ito. Super-pro China kasi sila. Mga bayaran ng PLA.

    • $18209031

      Why mag iing gitgit ang China ? China is already controlling the SOuth CHina Sea as we speak in the presence tense. Where were you in the last ten years , M Wangwangero? Dios ko santisima de Purga.

  • The Overlord

    Yes, more US ships please! And then let’s troll those Communists who will unsurprisingly roam the streets of Pasay and shout until their voices become hoarse. Come to think of it, have these bigots and heathens actually ever achieved anything? Too bad Bayan Muna/KMU/Anakpawis/Anakbayan/Kabataan/Gabriela/Teddy Casino/etc will never succeed. We capitalists will always rule the economy. Yes to a free market! Yes to oligarchy! Yes to alliances with democratic nations such as the US! No to Communist groups extorting money out of poor people under the guise of make-believe taxes! Kill the reds! Exterminate the mother leech of this nation: the Communist Party! Eat your heart out, Maoists! Nyahahaha~!

  • banana na

    okay lang na more US troops sa pinas but kailagan kasabay din ang PAC-3 nila kasi siguradong isa na tayo ng targets ng NOKOR…

  • Albert Einstien

    is USA
    REALLY our FRIEND & ALLY…? ask yourselves, the veterans & will see……………

    why is RP EXEMPTED from our best friend’s US
    Excess Defence Articles (EDA) programme…WHY ? just pay our veterans that
    would be BARYA ayaw pa…gulong lang ng f16 na pinamimigay ng US equivalent nyan ayaw pa…

    since 1979 .Egypt has received US$1.3 billion in annual military aid from the US

    12/11/2012: Obama approved F-16 fighter jets as GIFT to Egypt : Despite
    instability due to the new Islamic government in Egypt, the US is sending more
    than 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.
    OBAMA providing the more than 20 fighter jets in 2013..The $213 million order,
    paid for by US taxpayers, will provide the Egyptian air force with newer and,
    improved resources. Its fleet of current fighter jets are older versions of the

    February 15, 2011: The Indonesian Military (TNI) has accepted a grant from the
    United States of 24 F-16A/B Fighting Falcons as part of its overall program to
    upgrade the Air Force.. the fighters could be upgraded to include technology
    from the latest f-16s.

    NEWS Fri
    Aug 24, 2012 : US is giving Indonesia 24 surplus F-16s…FREE.. WoW..

    The United States is giving, not selling,

    Jakarta two dozen second-hand F-16C/D fighter planes to strengthen bilateral
    ties and foster what the Pentagon has called a “much-needed”
    capability to protect Indonesian air space.

    Obama and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia announced the F-16 transfer near the end of a nine-day Asia-Pacific tour that Obama used in November to
    re-emphasize U.S. interests in the region.

    The F-16s are decommissioned and no longer part of the U.S. Air Force inventory.
    Once retooled and upgraded, they will boost Indonesia’s “interoperability” with the United States, the Defense Department said at the time.

    YAN ang TUNAY na KAIBIGAN..libo libo ang excess at pinamimigay nila ..tayo ITINUTURING natin BIG BROTHER ang US….kawawang RP..ano masasabi mo sir ALBERT spaniel at PNOY terrier….AWOOOOOOO!….

    tapos ITATAYA nyo 100 million na buhay ng mga FILIPINO…wala naman tayong kinalaman jan sa PERSONAL WAR ng US sa NK…

    • go88

      What are you talking about? Everybody knows uncle sam is our friend .. didn’t he SELL us two 45 years old warships STRIPPED OF GUNS AND ELECTRONICS to allow us defend our territory against the chinese … this shows we shouldn’t doubt in our uncles sincerity … we all know that in case a of territorial conflict with china the USA will side with us :), aren’t we america’s Little Brown Brothers?

  • Albert Einstien

    MY people the ONLY RELEVANT thing we can GIVE to our
    country is PATRIOTISM….don’t SELL it …….!

    what is the use of US without NUCLEAR in our territory..? our constitution
    prohibits nuclear in any part of our territories…US really wanted to stay in
    SEA & PACIFIC ..because they still believed that they OWN us…it is strategic for them , they bought us from spain for $20 million & world resources are here…

    let’s just look at malaysia alone….. Wikileaks cable on declassified
    diplomatic documents that have been released, it was stated that Kuala
    Lumpur sought the help of the United States by way of its intervening in its
    dispute with the Philippines over Sabah sometime in 1973……. when in fact US
    ( even formally advised UK that SABAH is RP territory ) , UK &MALAYSIA knew
    SABAH is RP territory………………..why did they helped malaysia instead
    of RP in 1973 they stopped our AFP modernization …& prohibited THE
    SUCCESSFUL santa barbara MISSILE defense program & NUCLEAR program of
    marcos…..MARCOS GDP growth in 1973 is already at 9.2 HIGHEST in our HISTORY
    till NOW. ( pnoy is already JUMPING to heavens with meager 6.6 while gma growth
    is 7.6 ) ….. ..US greed dictates their policy towards us…their companies
    are making a KILLING of revenues in our resources claimed by malaysia together
    with UK…. .( ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Nippon Oil, and Murphy Oil are
    malaysia’s contractors.aside from PETRONAS malaysian govt owned..Petronas alone
    , provides about 40% of the federal MALAYSIA budget in taxes, dividends and

    As you can see MALAYSIA’s wealth is COMING from ROBBERY of RP & BRUNEI resources …

    Brunei’s $arawak ga$ (123% higher than peninsular malaysia ) 38.5761 trillion cubic feet & BRUNEI’s $ARAWAK Oil ( 62.5% of peninsular malaysia ) 1.5 Billion Barrels

    RP’s $ABAH OIL ( 83.33% of that peninsular malaysia of 2.4 bb ) 2.0 Billion barrels ( expanding) &
    RP’s SABAH GA$ ( 34.18% of that peninsular malaysia of 31.5549 tcf ) 10.7880 trillion cubic feet ( expanding )

    that is why we have REBELS in SOUTH…that is why RP will not PROSPER…SABAH is CASH COW….RP’s SABAH OIL will be DEPLETED in less than 20 years time..SHOULD we WAIT UNTIL they FULLY DEPLETED our SABAH territory of RESOURCES ? HOW much MONEY from SABAH resources MALAYSIA is giving to our POLITICIANS in EXCHANGE for their PATRIOTISM & NOT to CLAIM SABAH is it monthly, annualy or LUMPSUM with profit sharing?

    of RP should make an honest to goodness INQUIRY of BRIBERY issues pertaining to
    SABAH & MALAYSIA’s EFFORT to bring DOWN our government by instigating &
    supporting REBELLION in the SOUTH for decades now ( congress should declare
    MALAYSIA an ENEMY of the STATE, declare them persona non grata & close
    their embassy here )……be PATRIOTIC my our citizens ….save
    our resources….save our POSTERITY …save our FUTURE…!

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