Increase in US troops not permanent, says Philippines
MANILA (AP) - Philippine officials say they will make sure that an increased presence of US troops in the country does not become permanent and is meant to help the Philippines modernise its military.
The foreign and defense secretaries told reporters on Monday that negotiations with Washington will start this week on an accord that will allow an increased rotation of US forces and prepositioning of combat equipment.
The plan is in line with the realignment of American troops in the Asia-Pacific, and comes as China, the Philippines and several other nations are locked in territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin says the wider US troop presence will comply with the constitution, which bans foreign military bases, and will not be permanent.