PH wants to use more US military assets

Alberto del Rosario

Foreign Affairs secretary Alberto del Rosario. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines said Monday it would insist on being allowed to use more US military assets to protect its sea territories, when talks on expanding a defense pact start this week.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the longtime allies had already agreed in principle to allow a bigger US military presence in the Philippines.

He said the talks would focus on the rules for the greater presence, and the Philippines wanted to ensure the deal helped build its defence capabilities.

“We stand ready to tap every resource, to call on every alliance, to do what is necessary, to defend what is ours, to secure the nation and to keep our people safe,” he said.

The Philippines has been seeking greater military help from its longtime ally and former colonial ruler, amid a deepening rift with China over rival claims to parts of the South China Sea.

While the United States has insisted it does not take sides in the dispute, it has been seeking to rebuild its military footprint in the Philippines as part of President Barack Obama’s strategic “pivot” to Asia.

The Philippines had hosted tens of thousands of US soldiers at two bases north of Manila, but they were forced to leave in 1992 after the Senate voted to end their lease contracts amid strong anti-American sentiment.

A new agreement that went into force in 1999 allowed US troops to return to the Philippines for joint military exercises, and thousands of American soldiers regularly flow through the country during war games.

US special forces have also been rotating through the southern Philippines since 2002 to help Filipino soldiers against Al-Qaeda-linked militants, with the maximum number there at any one time believed to hover at about 600.

Philippine authorities have said the new agreement will pave the way for more joint war games.

Defense undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino told reporters on Monday the new talks would also seek to allow the “prepositioning” of US military assets back on Philippine bases.

He said, in return, the Philippines wanted to use the assets to help defend its sea territory, although he did not specifically mention the dispute with China.

“We believe that those US equipment to which we will agree to be temporarily deployed could supplement the (Filipino military’s) capability to perform its functions in key mission areas of maritime security, maritime domain awareness and humanitarian response and disaster relief,” Batino said.

“We will insist on that,” he said, when asked whether the Philippines wanted to use the American military hardware.

The talks will begin in Manila on Wednesday. Philippine officials said they wanted to finalize the agreement this year.

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  • Marcos5

    Joint mutual base treaty Subic Bay Philippines : PHL/U.S. personnel will have access and training on P3 orion. Hot transfer of 7 Oliver Hazard Perry Frigates next year 2014 training, logistics and parts included. Additional Whec cutters and Wmecs to be transferred to Philippine Navy 2014.
    55 Huey’s for PAF, Harpoons, installation of 2 x-Band radars (Batanes and Palawan).
    C-130 for PAF.

    -to be cont.

    Freedom of Navigation needs to be maintained from Japan to West Philipppine Sea.

    To all the Philippine Senators and Congresss who complain. Do yourself a favor ! Donate all your Pork Barrels to fund the AFP – then you can put where your mouth is. Right now China is already plotting on taking the western half of Palawan including Recto Bank. What you gonna do about it ? stuff all that pork barrel fund into your pockets and send your kids to the United States and buy more properties ??? crooked Philippine politicians equates to entitlement to steal pera ng bayan?
    Justice Delayed ! Justice Denied !

  • BIGButo

    Change the constitution and bring back the American bases now!

    • hennagaijin

      Right……..we kanos miss Ermita.

  • 33Sam





    • Crazy_horse101010

      and you are the number one customer pervert

    • DobleDn

      You are just a mere “High Functioning” non sense blogger and you think here you can change the whole world already… Get a real job. Your masters won’t pay your hospital bills and your retirement. Wake up while it is early.

    • Mario_Garcia

      The more we rely on Alliances, the more we become target of the missiles from the enemy. The best way is still bilateral negotiation.

      • robin

        I think you misunderstood the situation.. this isn’t between china and US or any “allys”… its our country vs china because we have overlapping claims in south china sea..

        “bilateral negotiation” never worked in the past and will never well… you can’t negotiate an aggressive nation like china unless you show them that we have means to backup our claims with force coz from their point of view this dispute will only be won by military… That is why there is a insurgency to counter what it calls massive build up of china’s millions man army.

        What word you can understood that they already announce to the world that they have indisputable claims of all all south china sea and they are prepared to military confront any other claimants by force if needed.. They prefer bilateral but they don’t want to compromise.

      • Mario_Garcia

        So you mean to say that we can convince our allies to band ourselves together and get what we believe is ours using our combined force? Will our allies take the risk of war?

      • robin

        I think you twisted your own wordings… you did say

        “The more we rely on Alliances, the more we become target of the missiles
        from the enemy. The best way is still bilateral negotiation”

        I am just telling you it’s not between US/Allys is the issue but between our country vs China.

        An Allys or mutual friends is “good to have”… so we are seeking for it but obligation wise I think it is more on our side..

        The more backward mentality you have without facing reality that we can’t defend ourselves against china alone will put on our position not favorable. Because no matter what happen whether we can rely an allys to aid us or not the conflict still within “our coast” not on their territory

      • Mario_Garcia

        We occupied more than eight of the islands in the Spratlys, why not declare a status quo and begin talking even if the talking goes on till kingdom come.

      • zdrx

        did we have any choice? china pushed us into the corner. bilateral negotiations has been tried…and TESTED TO BE FAILURES.

        in the negotiations….china dictates on something they have no right to. despite UNCLOS, they act as if they own the place…but could not show proof of ownership.

      • Mario_Garcia

        We just have to say NO and propose our intention, that is the way to negotiate.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and when is china going to talk to you they havent shown much interest yet they already laid down their terms get out of the spratleys

      • Batman

        Ateneo Professor (Chinese agent and PH backstabber) Benito Lim is that you? :p

    • BIGButo

      your crazy!

  • JK1000

    They want to use U.S. assets so their corruptions will continue. Why not just buy whatever we can afford and stop asking for help from anyone. Mayayabang kasi mga filipino.. pero laging humingi ng tulong sa iba at ayaw mag sumikap para umunlad.

    • zdrx

      it’ll serve both ways….and more.

      if the US allow us to use their weapons…we’ll fight the war for them. that way we can defend our EEZ and serves american interests on FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION. it’ll serve the whole world.

  • virgoyap

    Whose interest is more served by the U.S. presence in the Philippines? Is it for mutual interest? For the U.S.? For the Filipino people?

    • zdrx

      no matter. as long as we can use those US weapons to ensure ‘freedom of navigation’ in that busy sea lane…it’ll serve the interest of the whole world.

      • SaintJames2011

        Chinese military wouldn’t dare to challenge even a single warship in West Philippine Sea because as far as U.S. is concerned it is an international water. Imagine a Chinese warship telling a U.S. warship to leave West Philippine Sea immediately or be dealt with deadly force? U.S. will say, China please bring it on!

      • zdrx

        the chinese already shown the US that the sea is not an international water …but an internal sea of china. USS IMPECCABLE on the way to singapore in 2009, was harassed by 7 chinese boats. capt. trillianes (now senator) was also harassed on his way to japan. indian navy ships passing by, is shadowed and informed it is within chinese waters. the message is clear: the chinese consider it theirs.

      • SaintJames2011

        Unfortunately, USNS Impeccable (not USS) falls under U.S. Merchant Marine (during peace time) doesn’t carry arsenals which normally fitted on U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. I say, China got lucky and perhaps they probably knew USNS Impeccable wasn’t a warship they decided to harass her. I am telling you based on experience, U.S. Navy ships wouldn’t let any Chinese warships come close or worst threatened them in international water anytime and anywhere.

      • zdrx

        it’s a surveillance ship. in that incident, china sent the wrong signal. the world now knows what’s her intention will be…if allowed to gobble up the SCS.

      • SaintJames2011

        Absolutely correct! USNS Impeccable is an unarmed surveillance ship nicknamed “white lady” by some people because her exterior is painted all white.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      america isnt losing islands to the chinese so figure it out america doesnt need bases here they have china surrounded. just more expense for them. again figure it out

    • SaintJames2011

      The U.S. can protect her interest (freedom of navigation) in West Philippine Sea. Philippines’ interest is to protect and defend her territorial sovereignty.
      Can the Philippines protect and defend her territorial sovereignty from China?
      I think that answers your question.

      • Bos Duit

        the US has trilion of debt with china. Do you really think the US will back up philippine just because of allied nation status ? … just what philippine can offer to the US, that worth killing for or dying for ? what if the US willing to sacrifice ties with philipinne just to lessen debt they have with china… what philippine will do ?

      • robin


        People seems ignorant making debt as a sign of weakness of countries economy and its people.

        I’m not sure if its just because you didn’t study economics or simply stup1d or uneducated person.

        US is a credit / debt driven economy it’s always been and will always be.. It just recently making headline because it doubled it spending and debt boosted by war with middle east.

        But the fact is its always been like this even before WWII . The only real issue in US is high unemployment and its because most of the company has been outsourcing the jobs abroad.

        Like US, Japan has the same model and other top economies in the world.. The most important of all is not about the debt but the wealth, natural, oil and gold reserves..

        China is the opposite there economy is export-driven and there is no real economy.. When the outsourcing stopped that is when you see china crumbling.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        again america owes china 1.3 trillion in bonds down from 1. 7 trillion chinas debt can be repaid anytime according to all experts china share of debt is 7 per cent japans id 8 percent in other words who cares abut what is owed to china except people here any way if there is war china loses think they will send bill collectors.

      • zdrx

        to the victors, belongs the booty. if china loses, the US can forget the debt. it’ll be for china to pay the bills.

      • Windtalker827

        if war breaks, the debt won’t matter

      • Batman

        Money IS NOT EVERYTHING!

        USA Declaration of Independence
        We hold these TRUTHS to be self-evident, that all men are created EQUAL, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable RIGHTS, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

      • Windtalker827

        if war break loose, do you think the debt will matter?

      • Batman

        Very good riposte. :)

  • sean_javier

    This is good. But we have to make sure we protect our own at the same time. Kapag nagkagipitan, wag namang sila pa yung unang mag stab sa atin.

  • betongpinoy

    We would’ve been better as a US state.

  • joboni96

    walang pagkakaiba si pnoy kay pres cory
    na nag rally pa para manatili mga imperialist bases

    mga kampon ni pnoy mga collaborators din
    si del rosario, gasmin, basilio, batino and other conspirators

    ang sagot sa imperyalista at hegemonista
    kasama na mga collaborators nila


    • BIGButo

      Oh no Not the crazy communist educated leftist again. More of the same old crazy talk.

      • joboni96

        nano utak utots again

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