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PH: US, allies may use military bases

No new military facilities to be built

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RAISING THE FLAG In a scene old-timers say brings to mind the raising of the US flag during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima, American sailors hoist their flag on the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald as it docks in Subic Bay on Thursday. The ship is taking part in Philippine-US naval exercises. The United States captured Iwo Jima after a bloody battle with Japan in the Pacific. RAFFY LERMA

The Philippines plans to give the United States and other allies access to its military bases under an arrangement that US forces could use to counter China’s creeping presence in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

But contrary to a foreign news report on Thursday that was attributed to unnamed Philippine Navy officials, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the Philippines would not build new air and naval bases.

China had already heard the news and warned that countries with territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea which look for help from third parties will find their efforts “futile.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the strategy was a “path of confrontation” and it would be “doomed.”

The Philippines and the United States on Thursday began five days of joint naval exercises off Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), a rich fishing ground within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone that China occupied after a maritime standoff that lasted more than two months last year.

Clarifying the report by the news service Reuters, Gazmin said the Philippines would allow the United States, Japan and other allies access to its existing military bases under an agreement that would be in accordance with the Constitution and the Visiting Forces Agreement.

The 1987 Constitution prohibits foreign military bases in the country.

“Let me clarify issues. No, we are not going to construct bases. We will be accepting access,” Gazmin told reporters.

The government is still preparing the access agreement, Gazmin said.

“After that (the agreement) is done, then we will be allowing it, if and when there is an agreement, access,” Gazmin said.

“Then there will be equipment coming in from the United States. Now as far as Japan is concerned, we do welcome other countries, particularly Japan since Japan is a strategic partner, in accordance with our existing protocols,” he said.

Gazmin spoke at a news conference with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who is in the country for a two-day official visit.

 

Economic plan

Peter Galvez, spokesman for the Department of National Defense, said the plan to move Philippine Air Force and Philippine Navy units to Subic Naval Base in Zambales province from Clark Air Base in Pampanga province was a result of the government’s “economic development plan for our regions outside Metro Manila.”

The plan includes decongesting Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila and expanding it to Clark, Galvez said.

“That will affect the current facilities,” he added.

He said the transfer of some of the Air Force’s aircraft to Subic was being studied.

Moreover, Subic has the deep-water port requirements of the Navy’s warships BRP Alcaraz and BRP Gregorio del Pilar, he said.

That Subic is near Panatag Shoal is only “coincidental,” Galvez said.

China suspicious

But China is suspicious about the Philippine bases plan.

Speaking at the Tsinghua World Peace Forum, Wang, without mentioning the Philippines, said countries that “try to reinforce their poorly grounded claims (in the West Philippine Sea) through the help of external forces” will find that strategy a “miscalculation not worth the effort.”

Wang’s comments came days before he is due to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Brunei, which opens Saturday.

The 10-member Asean hopes to reach a legally binding code of conduct to manage maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea. For now, a watered-down “Declaration of Conduct” is in place.

The Philippine bases plan coincides with the US “pivot” to Asia, a strategy that will see 60 percent of America’s warships shifting to the region before the end of the decade.

Visiting forces

It would allow the United States and other countries with which the Philippines has visiting forces agreements to station warships, planes and troops within striking distance of Panatag Shoal and parts of the Spratly archipelago within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea that China insists are parts of its territory.

The plan comes amid China’s increasing assertiveness in staking its claims in the sea, sending large flotillas of fishing boats accompanied by warships on so-called fishing expeditions to areas within the territorial waters of the Philippines and Vietnam.

Vietnam and China have fought naval battles in the Paracels, an archipelago in a part of the waterway that Hanoi calls East Sea, while the Philippines has taken its dispute with China over Panatag Shoal to the United Nations for arbitration.

The Philippine bases plan has taken on added urgency since the standoff with China at Panatag Shoal, which Chinese ships now guard, often chasing away Filipino fishermen.

Ayungin dispute

The West Philippine Sea dispute will again loom large over regional diplomacy next week when US Secretary of State John Kerry joins his counterparts from Asean nations and China among other countries for the annual meeting in Brunei.

The Philippines plans to raise the issue of Chinese ships’ “encroachment” near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the Spratly archipelago in the middle of the West Philippine Sea where Manila recently beefed up its small military presence, diplomatic sources said.

China has accused the Philippines of “illegal occupation” of the reef, which is a strategic gateway to an area believed to be rich in oil and natural gas.


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  • daniboy2012

    China had already heard the news and warned that countries with territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea which look for help from third parties will find their efforts “futile.”
    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the strategy was a “path of confrontation” and it would be “doomed.”……….because of instant wealth the chinese lost their ancient spirituality and sense of humanity. They are goin’ the same direction like Nazi Germany and Empirical Japan…they will be doom…death and destruction will be on their land!!!!

  • BatangSingapore

    welcome back home USA and JAPAN, let us kill all abnormal and yellow colored Chinese in the Philippines.

    VIVA PILIPINAS.

    • DGuardian

      Kung sa Singapore ba ay sabihin na “let us kill all the abnormal and” brown-”colored” Filipinos, ano ba ang magiging feeling at reaction mo? ” Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.”

      • eight_log

        I was really surprised to see words like that from you man!!!! Sa Singapore ka pa naman. DGuardian is absolutely right!!!!!

      • BatangSingapore

        hindi bully ang pinoy ,, tanga.

      • Graymatter28

        Hindi nga bully ang Pinoy, racist lang. lolz

      • BatangSingapore

        welcome back home USA and JAPAN, let us kill all abnormal and yellow colored Chinese in the Philippines. NOW NA.

        VIVA PILIPINAS

      • 我恨中国人

        DGuardian, others had already done to us. So its ok to do that to them.

  • disqusted0fu

    The PH is becoming desperate. Trying to go against China is becoming one of Pnoy’s fixations that we are becoming so focused on this making us vulnerable to being taken advantage of by other countries.

  • Hellomr

    China against all Asian countries , If Japan attack china and followed by US then followed by Australia ,then followed by all Asian countries… Let see what happened..

    • 我恨中国人

      If the allies invade HongKong, can we get all the shark fins and stuff them down their throats?

  • go88

    US gets free access to our bases but sells us 40 years old junk ships …. Indonesia doesn’t allow american military in it’s territory, protests ‘potential’ US spy bases in Darwin but still gets fleets of F-15 for free …. Welcome to the colonial era.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      what happened to the billions of dollars we tax payers gave over the years what did you buy besides houses in america. you could have bought a lot of jet fighters ships whatever.

      • kanoy

        THE DUMB VOTERS WASTED IT VOTING ON CELEBRITIES POLITICAL DYNASTIES AND CONVICTS

      • $29897073

        that’s rice

    • kanoy

      BECAUSE YOU CAN NOT AFFORD NEW SHIPS LIKE TAIWAN BOUGHT—YOUR ENTIRE 2013 BUDGET OF $45.5 MILLION IS LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT THE US SPENT TO SCRAP THE OLD $277 MILLION USS GUARDIAN AND NOT ENOUGH TO BUY THE SCRAP!
      >?fleets of F-15 for free?? FREE FLEETS? HOW MANY F-15 MAKE A FLEET? WHEN WAS THE LAST ”F-15” MADE? WHY WOULD INDONESIA BUY WHAT THEY GET FOR ”FREE”?
      Indonesia ordered 12 F-16A/B Fighting Falcon Block 15 OCU as a new fighter to strengthen the Indonesian Air Force in 1989. A follow-up order for 9 more F-16A Block-15 OCU was cancelled in favor of 24 Su-30 MKK, this order was also cancelled due to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. The Indonesian Air Force had originally planned to acquire 60 F-16s to cover and defend its 12 million square kilometers of territory.A total of 10 F-16A and F-16B are still in service with Indonesian Air Force: 2 planes crashed in two different accidents. However, only a few of these are still serviceable.
      The Indonesian Air Force ordered eight BAE Hawk Mk 109s and 32 Mk 209s in 1993. The last of these was delivered by January 1997

  • Pod Racer

    Put back US base and open to all allies (quick fix) and build military defenses. And to Senators who are opposing to bring back US base, are you going to summon and investigate China now?

    • kanoy

      NO TO US BASES IN THE PHILIPPINES—:> U.S. TAX PAYERS

  • $31594090

    The Chinese have no logical right to posses even a square inch area in the west Philippine Sea. Chinese intent is purely greed to satisfy their future need of energy resource, and must not be tolerated. They are willing to sacrifice their soul just to have a taste of global dominance.

    If the Philippine has not done it already, they need to generate several military plans as soon as possible in both strategic and tactical maneuvers to counter the growing menace. At this time, the Philippines needs to integrate foreign allied forces into their plans. Let’s face it, the nation just don’t have the resources to stand alone under a threat of a bully. Forget about the Philippine pride of getting into a situation where they assume a mythical role of David versus Goliath. That will just remain as a myth.

    • kanoy

      SQUATTERS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST OWNERS UNDER PHILIPPINE LAW

      • $31594090

        ???

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    panahon ng nanay ni noy2 ang pagpapaalis sa amerikano.
    panahon ni ninoy… kumampi sila sa makakaliwa…
    ang nagsisisi yung anak na bano.
    kasalanan kasi ni GMA.

    • $29897073

      Magnificent 12 Senators daw sila ang nagpalayas sa mga Kano – nawalan tuloy ng buhay ang Magsaysay blvd.

  • shioktong

    Nuclear program & weaponry advancement is a better option than reinstating u.s. bases in the Philippines.

    • Pedring2

      Do you know how long it would take to bring a nuclear program and weaponry advancement into completion? Decades, if we work with all cylinders running! But at our pace, it may take a half century or more! The problem is here now – today! The enemy is knocking at your door and you still are saying: ” We should go nuclear”. Our best option now is to purchase weapons and become proficient in their use. And yes, open our bases for our allies.

      • shioktong

        And do you know how long will it take to become a self reliance country if all we had is just people like you who do not want to think & work? Infinite.

      • Pedring2

        What you have is just a pipe dream. Fool, keep on smoking dope! You will never get to be self-reliant because your fellow commies will first steal what little you have. What you are thinking may work if you are preparing to defend the country decades from now. The enemy is already at your doorsteps, slicing your resources like cabbages – one island at a time. The only prudent thing to do now is purchase weapons, open our bases to our allies, and prepare to fight the mongoloids. It is getting late, thanks to your fellow commies – those who think that China will share power with them. Fools, you will be their slaves: cleaners of Chinese toilets and sellers of taho every morning. Start learning mandarin now so that you will understand your new masters’ commands. People with mindsets like yours deserve to be enslaved.

    • Graymatter28

      We could have done that 20 years ago. It’s too late now realistically speaking.

  • Moregun Freeman

    Congratulations to you.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    still ranting monko humper. what a pitful loser you are going to entertain with some more of your lies comrade

  • Dayunyor Binay

    IKUMPARA SA LAHI MO NA KUMAKAIN NANG PATAY NA FETUS….AND DUMI NINYONG MGA INTSIK…..HUWAG NIYO NANG DAGDAGAN ANG SARS NA IKINALAT NINYO SA BUONG MUNDO…MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO MGA GANGGONG..HINDI KA DAPAT MAKISULAT DITO KASI HINDI KAYO TAO…MGA ANIMAL KAYO,PATAY NA FETUS NANG TAO KINAKAIN NINYO…

    China, Video, Dead Babies, Dead Babies Flesh, Dead Baby Flesh, Human Flesh Pills, South Korea Smuggling, World News

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has seized thousands of smuggled drug capsules filled with powdered flesh from dead babies, which some people believe can cure disease, officials said Monday.

    The capsules were made in northeastern China from babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder, the Korea Customs Service said.

    The customs office has discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August of about 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters, and some people believe them to be a panacea for disease, the customs service said in a statement. The capsules of human flesh, however, contained bacteria and other harmful ingredients.

  • PunyeteroKa

    Now this chinkey poo-poo with the all-caps style is back, who was sired by a hyena & mothered by an idiot carrion-eating pig (both of them slit-eyed). How many chinks have AIDS? They f@ck like sows in heat at the back alleys of Shanghai & other places & think nothing about it. What a ranting hypocrite!

  • zeroko

    Cannibals.



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