Philippines, US to sign new defence pact to allow larger US military presence
Published on Apr 27, 2014 5:20 PM
The Philippines and the United States will sign on Monday morning a new defence pact giving more US troops, warships and planes access to military bases in the Philippines.
Representatives from both sides would sign the "enhanced defence cooperation agreement" at 10am local time on Monday, just hours before US President Barack Obama lands in Manila for a two-day state visit, a defence department source said.
Details about the size and location of US deployments have yet to be made public, but the new arrangement is certain to give the US a significant military presence in the Philippines for the first time since it shut down its naval and air bases in Subic and Clark in 1992.
Philippine Defence Undersecretary Pio Batino, head of the Philippine panel, had said the agreement would help the Philippines achieve a "minimum credible defence posture".
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