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The USS Bealleau Wood: Last US ship out of Subic Bay after rejection by the Philippine Senate of a new bases treaty with the US. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

MANILA, Philippines—The basing of foreign military troops in the Philippines is explicitly prohibited in the 1987 Constitution.

“Foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the Philippines except under a treaty duly concurred in by the Senate and, when the Congress so requires, ratified by a majority of the votes cast by the people in a national referendum held for that purpose, and recognized as a treaty by the other contracting State,” states Article XVIII, Section 25 of the Constitution.

On Sept. 16, 1991, the Senate voted 12 to 11 to reject a proposed new bases treaty with the United States, citing the pact as “one-sided and unequal.”

The new treaty would have allowed the United States to keep Subic Naval Base for 10 more years in exchange for about $200 million in aid.

One year after the Senate rejection, the USS Bealleau Wood, the last US ship and helicopter carrier in the country, sailed away from Subic Bay.

However, with a 62-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty still in place, the US military continues to be a perennial visitor to the country.

Under the treaty signed on Aug. 30, 1951, the Philippines and the United States agree to come to each other’s defense against an armed attack on the other.

On May 27, 1999, the Senate, voting 18-5 ratified the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), paving the way for enhanced defense cooperation and the resumption of bilateral military exercises.

US soldiers arrived for the Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) exercise in February 2000, the first of many.—Inquirer Research

Sources: Inquirer Archives, gov.ph, vfacom.ph


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  • txtman

    _________ WE LOVE YOU USA ______
    .
    WELCOME TO THE PHILIPPINES
    MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS

    • 33Sam

      WHAT A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS!!!

      THE FLEA INVITES THE SPIDER AND THEN YELLS “MABUHAY!”

      • rundlehorn

        Filipinos look at themselves as flea??!!A good neighbour treat others as neither flea or a spider. Philippines should look at themselve with respect and accept that it can deal with anybody on equal footings. “Mabuhay” pa rin ang Pilipinas!

  • jun2012

    God Bless America and the Philippines

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Yes, bring in drones too.

  • chikko

    WELCOME BACK USA!..

  • 33Sam

    GREAT!!! SO THE GLOBALISTS LEFT A LOOPHOLE SO THEY COULD CIRCUMVENT THE 1987 CONSTITUTION SO THAT THE GLOBALISTS CAN ARM BOTH SIDES OF WORLD WAR THREE WITH LITTLE FLIPPER COWARD PLOT-ICIANS NODDING IN AGREEMENT, BECAUSE TO THEM THE RULE OF LAW HAS MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THE WELFARE OF MILLIONS OF FILIPINOS WHO HAVE IN THE PAST BETRAYED THEIR OWN PEOPLE GETTING MILLIONS KILLED BECAUSE FILIPINOS ARE TOO STUPID TO KNOW WHICH SIDE TO BE ON ALWAYS CHOOSING THE “WINNER” WHILE THEY SACRIFICE THEIR OWN DESTINIES AND FUTURES!!!

    THIS TIME THERE WILL BE MUCH LESS FLIPPERS AS THE GLOBALISTS HAVE SET UP CHINA TO BE THE DEFACTO MILITARY ON THE PLANET WHICH WILL THEN TAKE OUT THE U.S. MILITARY WHEREVER THEY EXIST SO THE GLOBALISTS CAN INSTALL NEW WORLD ORDER!!!

    MEANWHILE “IN THE KNOW” NOTHINGS ALL TAKING IT UP THE A$$ WITH UNITED NATIONS EDICTS BECAUSE FIDEL RAMOS BETRAYED HIS COUNTRY AND CONSTITUTION WHEN HE SIGNED PA 21 IN 1997.

    SO REWIND TO 1951 WHERE THIS “MUTUTAL DEFNESE TREATY” WILL BE DUSTED OFF AND WILL BE THE VERY UNDOING OF BOTH THE PHILIPPINES AND THE U.S MILITARY BECAUSE SCHMUCKS LIKE FILIPINOS ARE BORN EVERY MINUTE AND THEIR LEADERS ARE WHORES WHO DO ANYTHING FOR MONEY WITH NO FORETHOUGHT OF WHAT IT WILL DO TO THEIR RACE!!!

    PSYCHOPATHS “IN CHARGE” CREATING SOUNDBYTES AS IF THEY HAVE THE ULTIMATE KNOWLEDGE AND AUTHORITY WHEN ALL THEY ARE, ARE DUMMIES FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT WILL KILL 90% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!!!

    TO ALL WHO HAVE DISCERNMENT, MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS “RELATIONS” IS A PANDORA’S BOX GETTING READY TO ANNIHILATE YOUR RACE!!!

    WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD.

    TOO BAD MANY WILL NOT BE PART OF IT!!!

  • chikko

    Philippines should amend the 1991 constitution and should give back Subic Bay to the Americans where they belong. American Military presence in the Philippines is crucial to deter potential Chinese invasion to Philippine island. Chinese has the history of claiming land which doesn’t belong to them just as Tibet. If Chinese has been able to invade Tibet, how much more to Philippines, which doesn’t have military wares to get even with the Chinese? .. that maybe a long shot, but it may happen. thank you, America.

    • 33Sam

      ANOTHER NAIVE JOHNNY COME LATELY NOT EVEN AWARE THAT AMERICA WAS TAKEN OVER BY GLOBALIST TECHNOCRAT FASCIST EUGENICISTS WHO ARE PLANNING WORLD WAR 3 AS THE GLOBALISTS DID FOR WORLD WAR ONE AND WORLD WAR TWO ARMING AND FUNDING BOTH SIDES OF A WAR LIKE PLAYING BOTH SIDES OF THE CHESS BOARD SO STUPID PEOPLE CAN THINK THEY ARE ON THE “RIGHT SIDE!!!”

      WAKE UP!!! THE U.S MILITARY BUILD-UP IS AN ASSAULT ON REALITY AND HAVING AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN THE PHILIPPINES WILL BE PAINTING A TARGET ON ITSELF SO WHEN CHINA IS UNLEASHED BY THE GLOBALISTS WHO ALSO CONTROL CHINA AND THE PHILIPPINES, USING CHINA AS THE PLANETARY MILITARY TO DEFEAT THE U.S. MILITARY WHO WILL BE STANDING IN THE WAY OF NEW WORLD ORDER AND MASS GENOCIDE OF 90% OF HUMANS ON THE PLANET, THEN NEW WORLD ORDER WILL BE BUT WITH BILLIONS OF PEOPLE DEAD!!!

      THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING!!!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        no one cares you have shot your wad for nothing. who cares about your fake globalists and misinformation about agenda 21. tata have a nice day oh the eugenicists ended in 1945 until the church and the lunatic fringe revived to scare people. . like saying the drug companies are making drugs to wipe out 90 percent of the people. tell me how does drugs companies make money, buy selling drugs to people so they are going to wipe out 90 percent of their buyers yeah that makes sense.

      • 33Sam

        GASLIGHTING!!!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        thats good i have been called a lot worse things from better people than you tata

      • chikko

        I think the issue is, should chinese eventually claimed or taken over Panatag shoal and/or sprartly island, what can Philippines do? can Phiippines defend itself? …Globalists, new world order, etc are not relevant issue at this time as Philippiines needs Military wares, not anything else. also, why is US military presence is bad for Philippines? Does /chinese have Military wares just as US? I DON’T THINK SO!

  • Fred Cua

    Dun sila mag base sa pag asa island, strategic ba kamo

  • 33Sam

    TYPICAL FLIPPERS FLIP FLOPPING UP DOWN LEFT RIGHT, SIDE TO SIDE ALL DAY ALL NIGHT!!!

    THIS LAW THAT LAW, FORGET WHAT YOU DID DO IT AGAIN… SOME MORE!!

    LIKE A WHORE!!! ANY POSITION JUST MAKE SURE YOU GET PAID WHILE YOU GET LAID!!!

    BYE FLIPPERS!!!

  • joboni96

    ipapahamak na naman tayo ng imperyalista
    kasama ang mga collaborators nila

    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

    STRONG PRO PILIPINO DEFENSE

    • ConcernedCitizenPh

      Mas mapapahamak tayo kapag hihintayin natin ang STRONG PRO PILIPINO DEFENSE kasi walang allocation ng budget for last 20years.

      • joboni96

        true sa budget

        kaya magpaka STRONG PRO PILIPINO DEFENSE

        1. reduce 50% fund waste in the government
        eating meetings, touristic trips, unnecessary seminars, conferences, etc
        mala hotel na government offices
        laptop/pc for every maria juan and pedro, facebook lang naman
        centralize vehicles use
        pay off all foreign loans using foreign exchange reserves

        2. local defense technology

        3. pro pilipino doctrine

        = very credible defense

        immediately implementable individually
        1. erase kolonisadong utak
        2. reboot to astig pro pilipino mindset



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