PH, US forge ‘joint force posture’

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Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines and the United States have agreed to establish “a joint force posture” to ensure freedom of navigation in the Asia Pacific, a region increasingly beset by maritime territorial disputes with China.

In a joint Vision Statement for Security Cooperation issued in Washington DC, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined steps to both tighten and broaden the defense alliance between the two countries, including an expanded US military presence in the Philippines.

“We share a common interest in the freedom of navigation, unimpeded lawful commerce, and transit of people and goods across the seas,” read the Aug. 22 statement the Philippine Embassy in Washington released to media on Saturday.

“We are committed to the principles upheld in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and we subscribe to a rules-based approach in resolving competing claims in maritime areas by peaceful means—within the framework of international law including those reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” said the joint statement.

The two military chiefs did not directly refer to competing claims for territories in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) involving regional giant China, which asserts its ownership of almost all of the waters, and smaller claimant nations including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

The Philippines recently filed a complaint against China’s claimed maritime boundaries in the United Nations. China objected to “internationalizing” the issue and is seeking bilateral negotiations.

US Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. AP FILE PHOTO

In the US-Philippine statement, it was agreed to resolve ocean-related issues through both direct talks and through multilateral venues such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) “in a manner that protects the interests of all who value unimpeded commerce transiting through the maritime domain, while deterring those who would restrict it or act in a manner that might place it at risk.”

‘Never been stronger’

In pursuing enhanced troop cooperation, the allies also agreed to the “joint force posture that assures freedom of navigation and provides for the common defense of each nation’s sovereign territory.”

Saying the Philippine-US alliance “has never been stronger,” the two military chiefs also vowed to pursue cooperation to face issues of mutual concern in the region, including climate change, terrorism, transnational crime and nuclear proliferation.

Bautista and Dempsey also reaffirmed the commitment to jointly pursue the “increased rotational and temporary presence” of US forces in Philippine military bases, a framework agreement in the works between the two nations.

“We expect a robust, balanced and responsive security partnership manifested in mutually beneficial bilateral military training, exercises and operations, provided by increased rotational and temporary presence of US military forces in the AFP-controlled facilities,” read the statement.

As part of joint exercises, the two forces hope to enhance troop efficiency to more seamlessly respond to humanitarian emergencies, including natural and manmade disasters. The arrangement will also pave the way for enhanced US assistance in the modernization of the Philippine military.

Bautista and Dempsey issued the joint statement last week during the AFP chief’s visit to the Pentagon, one stop in his US trip from Aug. 18 to 24.

The statement was issued ahead of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Manila on Aug. 29 and 30, when he is expected to hold wide-ranging talks with Philippine officials on the Philippine-US defense cooperation.

The allies held talks in Manila on Aug. 14 to draw up rules for temporary deployments of more US forces and military assets in the Philippines.

The negotiations are scheduled to resume in Washington before the end of the month. With an AFP report

 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H723TQIZDBTIT3DP4QR5ZRBDAY gani v.

    Escudero has good point:  If there’s no ATS, MILF has no justification killing our soldiers…. previous administration gave MILF this so called ATS agreement  as LAND TRAPS to kill soldiers without criminal liability and not in violation of peace accords

  • watS_uP

    Yun naman pala.Bring back na lang kasi ang mga Bases sa American forces. :)

    • TruthLiberates

      “We share a common interest in the freedom of navigation, unimpeded
      lawful commerce, and transit of people and goods across the seas,”

      Only fools would fall for that spiel. We don’t need posture. We’re already broken because of internal systemic poverty. That alone does not need external offensives. It’s a silent disease that would make this ailing nation worse than a war-torn refugee camp. If anything at all, this partnership would make the Philippines, America’s lapdog, or worse, backwoods security guards while we spend for things that we don’t really need.

      Let’s not be taken by US foreign policy. Many countries exist peacefully, progressively and productively without even the need of maintaining an army. Our enemies are within the system itself and not outside of it. These territorial disputes are isolated and mere distractions which we could actually live without.

      • jorgii0550

        Arms race is now full bore in Asia, big thanks to China.

        Philippines has been bullied by smaller and bigger neighbor because We are practically defenseless. It’s in our national interest to have a decent defense capability.

      • walaywalay

        Thar costs $$$$$ which you don’t have because you shipped it all over the world—known as OFW TAX $$$$$

      • jorgii0550

        Are you stupid or something?

        The Philippines has $86 billion foreign currency reserve

      • hello stupids

        indonesian rupiah reserve I suppose

      • jose_rizal11

        dami mo sinabi halata naman na komunista ka!!!

      • pacmandu

        Not everybody who disagrees with your viewpoint is a communist.

      • pacmandu

        If I were you,I’d pack my bags and go to Tibet and be a Tibetan monk.

      • walaywalay

        We don’t need posture. We’re already broken because of internal systemic poverty.

        MORE LIKE……

        We don’t need posture. We’re already broken because of 68 YRS OF STUPID VOTING

      • crazy_horse_101010

        go kiss chinas azz im sure they will love you. do you speak mandarin should learn so you can talk to your new masters

  • zdrx

    goodbye to china’s hegemony. we can only welcome responsible friendly neighborhood and cooperation. everything less than that…is unacceptable

    • walaywalay

      responsible like the country that invaded Sabah Malaysia and murdered 8 police officers, the country that massacred a busload of Hong Kong tourists, the country that refuses to extradite a wanted murderer to the USA, the country that murdered an unarmed fisherman? this is the ”responsible friendly neighborhood and cooperation. everything less than that…is unacceptable” >this is an example of what is ”acceptable”????

      • zdrx

        i’m afraid you’re accusation of our country is way off target.
        1) if it was the PH who invaded sabah…sabah could have fallen into our hands in one day. though we did not condone the actions of the kirams. we can not neglect the fact that our citizen, the kirams own sabah.
        2) it is not the PH who massacred the HK tourists…it was a deranged cop who did it.
        3) i don’t know the details, but there must be some reasons why there were problems why a murderer was not extradited.
        4) the PH did not murder an unarmed fisherman. you must remember that aTW fishing boat poached deep into PH waters. but instead of stopping for inspection…it sped away, prompting the PCG to fire at the engine. unfortunately a fisherman put his neck where a bullet was to pass…accidentally catching the bullet with his neck.

        next time, use your common sense…don’t accuse a country of a crime committed by an individual.

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        how many tibetans, mongols, mumbais, and even your own race did your government kill? you are a nation of killers.

  • ARIKUTIK

    Bomb the Communist Chinese lonely and blue alone in the middle of the sea.

  • arao_liwanag

    arikutik, ugok; zadx, bugok; watS_uP, gong gong. mga sopsop buto kayo, linta parasitiko, mga mangu ngu tong at gusto gulangan lang ang US. mga tanga, kami ang manguguglang sa inyo mga utak katulong at alila alila.

    • jorgii0550

      Kayung mga kumunista duon nalang kayo mag rally sa paborito ninyung hang out sa US embassy, huwag na kayung makisawsaw sa Luneta sa Lunes baka ma turn off lang ang karamihan pag anduon kayo.

      • zdrx

        baka mambato uli sila ng mga granada….tulad nung ginawa nila sa LP rally nung aug 21, 1971 para magkagulo uli sa pilipinas.

    • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

      ijkaw ang ugok. kayong mga kumunista mga walang hiya. mga utak pulbora kayong mga hinayupak na mga npa. bkit dito kayo sa pinas tumitira na mga kumunista kayo? lumayas kayo dito at doon kayo sa mga katulad niyong kumunista tutal pareho kayong mga walanghiya mga animal kayo.

  • DGuardian

    This is a very significant development. The US has always been the Philippines’ friend, ally, and benefactor.

  • Ulipur

    Subukan…

    Bakit di subukan ng joint US-Philippines forces na paalisin ang 3 Chinese ships sa Panatag Shoal at 2 sa Ayungin Shoal?

    Subukan nga?

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      I would love to see that.

      All a navy gunner has to do is rake the communist with machine gun fire.

  • opinyonlangpo

    The alliance is getting deeper. Just ironing out the small kinks in the basing agreement and then the ships, weapons and troops start to arrive. Hopefully the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

  • joboni96

    isa pang collaborator si bautista
    humalik sa anemic aaasss ng imperyalista at ibinenta ang bayan

    libre ng labas masok ang mga barko ng imperyalista
    sa internal territorial waters natin

    dadami pa ang sasadsad na barkong imperyalista
    sisira sa ating kapaligiran tulad sa tubbataha

    tutulan at pigilan natin itong pagwasak
    sa ating soberenya sa ano mang pamamaraan

    • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

      tell that to the chinese buddy. you should protest against china who is sucking up our territory. if you cant do it then you should shut up.

      • joboni96

        bilis ng cia call center agent

        katok lang intsik switik
        pasok na imperyalista

        same same
        salot sa aming mga pilipino

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        di ba kayong mga NPA ang salot sa lipunan? ang bilis ng dila nyo magsabi imperyalista laban sa mga kano pero kayo ano ginagawa nyo mga NPA, mga kumonista sa Pilipinas ha? ano ginagawa nyo sa mga kabayanan? di ba puro pahirap ginagawa nyo sa mga kabayanan? di ba puro pagnanakaw ginagawa nyo? kung di kayo bigyan pinapatay nyo mga kawawang magsasaka? noong nasa pwesto si Palaparan lakas ng sigaw nyo laban sa kanya pero ng wla na sa pwesto wala kayo ginawa. mga inutil kayo. puro lang gulo ginagawa nyo sa bayan. magnanakaw kayo, mga salot kayo sa lipunan. kayo ang di dapa mabuhay sa mundong ito.

      • joboni96

        boy laos na yang red commie style na iyan
        naibaun na si landsdale at mga parokyano niya

        pro pilipino ang sikat ngayon
        join ka na ng di magalit mga ninunu mo

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        palusot ka pang ugok lka. mashilig kayo makisawsaw sa mga usaping bayan pero kayo ang mga bulok sa lipunan. pare-pareho kayo ng mga politiko mga salot sa lipunan. ang nagagawa lang ninyo ay gulo, pagnanakaw, pagpatay, paninira ng mga ari-arian ng ibang tao, pangingikil para makakain kayo. di kayo nahihiya na kinakain nyo galing sa pawis ng ibang tao. mahiya kayo sa balat nyo. kahit si satanas di tatanggap sa inyo.

      • joboni96

        pati satanas
        isinali na ng collaborator na iri

        di mo ba alam
        si jesus ay freedom fighter para sa jews

        di pa rin gets ng kolonisadong utak mo
        kaya naging collaborator

        ang agenda ng imperialista
        red commie as bogeyman

        kung pinaglalaban ng pilipino ang interes
        ah komunista yan

        mga katipunan noon
        tawag insurecto

        sa sariling bayan?
        sino ba ang kumamkam sa bayan namin?

        di ang imperyalista
        isinonod sinira din korea, vietnam, iraq, etc

        babalik na naman sa bayan namin ang imperyalista
        sisirain ulit

        courtesy of collaborators
        like you

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        Jesus way of fighting for freedom is based on God’s principles and through peace while yours, NPA ways are always through killing and destruction. you are the opposite of what Jesus is doing. that’s why you are Satan’s collaborators. we don’t want you to live in this country. you should leave this country at once mga hinayupak kayong mga NPA na salot sa lipunan. kahit ano pang gawin ninyo di kayo magtatagumpay dahil majority understands that your ideology is GARBAGE. utak basura kayong mga NPA/NDF.

      • joboni96

        makulit itong cia call center agent na ito
        red commie scare tactics pinagpipilitan

        hindi oobra yan sa aming mga
        astig pro pilipinos

        earn your 30 pieces of silver naman
        baka ma sequester ka

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        hoy ogags…ayusin mo muna utak mo bago ka makisawsaw sa usaping pambayan. mabuti lang kayo sa rally at pagkakalat ng basura sa mga lansangan. mabuti lang kayo sa pag udyok sa mga maralita para lumaban sa gobyerno pero wala kayong ginagawa para makatulong sa pag unlad ng bayan. mga hinyupak kayong mga salot sa lipunan.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        stupid babbling courtesy of a azzhole like you chinese agent and liar go to china and kis your masters rosy red azz comrade traitors like you make me sick

      • joboni96

        pikon na ang
        praning criollo

      • crazy_horse_101010

        better a praning crillo than a fu-king commie backstabber still here no plane tickets home to china keep trynfg bubba HEEHEEHEEHEE AMERICA THE GREAT RAH RAH RAH

      • joboni96

        itong pikon talo
        praning criollo

        ayusin mong trinaydor mong tribo
        para makabalik ka sa reservation

        overstaying ka na sa
        more fun land namin

      • crazy_horse_101010

        if im overstaying turn me in moron since to prove that you know who i am and where i live waiting for the cops to come and get me so i can sue your fat azz off and i know i pay more taxes than you do since you are loyal to chna

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        joboni96 is brain dead. doesn’t even know how to differentiate what’s real from imaginary. mga salut sa lipunan itong mga kumonista. wlang magawa kundi ang kumontra sa bawat gobyernong iboto ng taumbayan. gusto nila sila ang mamuno sa lipunan. mas salot pa itong mga kumonista kesa kay Hitler.

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        pro pilipino ba kayong mga kumonista? siguro Pro-pagnanakaw gawa nyo. di kayo nahihiya sigaw ng sigaw kayo sa mga lansangan laban sa gobyerno pero kayo wlang magawang kahit isang mabuti para sa bayan. lagi kayo nakikisawsaw sa mga maralita sa metro manila at ginagamit nyo lang sila para i-forward nyo mga agenda nyong bulok. kayo pa ang nagsisimula ng gulo sa bawat may gagawing demoliton ang gobyerno. inuudyukan nyo mga tao na ukupahin ang mga lupain na di sa kanila…sinisira nyo mga utak nila. ganyan naman kayong mga kumonista di ba?

      • joboni96

        di pa rin gets ng kolonisadong utak mo
        kaya naging collaborator

        ang agenda ng imperialista
        red commie as bogeyman

        kung pinaglalaban ng pilipino ang interes
        ah komunista yan

        mga katipunan noon
        tawag insurecto

        sa sariling bayan?
        sino ba ang kumamkam sa bayan namin?

        di ang imperyalista
        isinonod sinira din korea, vietnam, iraq, etc

        babalik na naman sa bayan namin ang imperyalista
        sisirain ulit

        courtesy of collaborators
        like you

      • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

        buti pa cguro matulog ka kasi utak lamok ka. tulad ka ng mga kakusa mong mga NPA bagay lang kayo sa bukid. doon kau bagay mga salot sa lipunan na walang ibang gawin kundi mag rally laban sa gobyerno at manira ng mga gamit ng lipunan, magkalat ng basura. indoctrinated utak ninyo ng mga NPA . Ano akala nyo kaung mga NPA dapat mag rule sa lipunang ito? you are just a minority and we belong to the majority. in a democratic country the voice of the majority rules and the minority exits.

      • joboni96

        itong mga trained ng cia
        kulang sa creativity

        hanggang red commie scare tactics 101 lang
        di oobra yan sa mga astig pro pilipino

      • crazy_horse_101010

        chinese spy and agent ranting like a child should be shot has a traitor. stupid moron chinese call center agent

      • joboni96

        criollo praning

        ayaw ng tribong trinaydor
        cant go back to reservation

        pasalamat ka
        may kumukopkop pang pilipino sa iyo

        pag ubos na pera mo
        scram hehehe

      • crazy_horse_101010

        jealous sweetheart because you arent a man and no i cant go back to the reseveration since im not native american but i can visit my friends who are better people than you since they arent racist scum like you are comrade cant go back to china why not they dont wantyou either. nobody likes traitors to bad i glad your sad tata have a nice day. so get lost commie HAWHAWHAW HAW BYE BYE DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE AZZ ON THE WAY OUT. GOD BLESS AMERICA LAND THAT I LOVE

    • disqus_LUR9QNkGee

      wag ka magkunwari na pro Filipino ka dahil lahat kayong mga kumonista ay walang ginawang mabuti pra sa lipunan. lahat ng mga lider nyo na ngayon nasa kongreso gnun pa rin mga ugali, mga pag-iisip na puro pansarili. wla kayong mga modo, mga hudas kayong mga kumonista kayo. salot kayo sa lipunan. kayo ang nagpapahirap sa lipunan. ilang mga pulis at mga sundalo na ba ang pinatay nyo ha? ilang kumonidad na ba ang winasak ninyo? ilang kabuhayan na ba ng mga mamamayan sa kabayan ang sinira ninyo at pinulubi ninyo sila dahil hinuhothot ninyo ang kabuhayan nila. mga tamad na kayo mga wlang hiya pa.

      • joboni96

        cia call center agent
        wa epek na mga red commie scare tactics mo

        mga astig pro pilipino na mga iri
        salot sa mga collaborator tulad mo

    • crazy_horse_101010

      the village idiot is trying to speak but sounds like a baboon. the chinese backstabber to his own country. move to north korea comrade AND GOD BLESS AMERICA and dont even think about yankee go home i love this country more than you traitor you leave douchebag

      • joboni96

        criollo praning
        traydor ka sa tribo mo

        di ka na makabalik sa reservation nyo
        sa bayan naman naming nagkakalat

    • jun2012

      eh yong chinese na nagtayo ng naval base sa mischief reef na teritoryo ng pilipinas wala kang sinasabing soberenya at pagtutol.

      • joboni96

        aba’y panahon pa ni amboy tabako
        nagsasalita na ako riyan

        wala ka pang internet
        noon

        ang hegemonistang intsik switik
        at imperyalistang u.s.

        parehas na salot
        sa aming mga pilipino

    • Mazza02

      Gumamit kaman ng aming wika, subalit lumalabas pa rin sa pananalita mo na hindi ka Filipino. Alam namin lahat kung anogn uri ka….doon galing sa bansang ngayo’y nang bubully ng Pilipinas……

      Hindi sang ayon ang mga Filipino sa situasyon na naka ulat subalit mas hindi sang ayaon sa ginagawa ng tsina….tinulak ng tsina ang Pilipinas sa ganito upang magamit niya ito para maging dahilan para lusubin ang Taiwan at pati narin ang Pilipinas dahil suportado raw ng Amerika kuno….

      Yung taktika na yan ay bulok alam ng buong mundo kung ano ang tunay na hangarin ng tsina at mga intsik

  • 33Sam

    DEMPSEY IS A GLOBALIST EMPLOYEE AND BILDERBERG KITCHEN PORTER…

    “Dempsey declared to the press in Washington that:

    “After nearly a year and a half of slaughter, it is far past time for the United States to begin to lead and put an end to the Assad regime. President Obama can no longer ignore calls from congressional leaders in both parties to take more assertive steps,” he said.”

    http://www.theguardianDOTcom/world/2012/may/28/houla-massacre-us-military-warns

    DADDY, WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WARBUCKS!!!???

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