Philippines wants to use more US military assets to protect sea territories
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines said on Monday that it would insist on being allowed to use more US military assets to protect its sea territories, when talks on expanding a defence 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.