American military gets access to upwards of five Filipino bases

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United States troops will soon have access to upwards of five military bases across the Philippines as the result of an agreement signed earlier this week between nations, the Asian country’s chief negotiator told reporters on Friday.The pact — the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, or EDCA — was signed on Monday this week ahead of US President Barack Obama’s stop in the Filipino capital of Manila amidst a brief tour of Asia, and was touted then by the American commander-in-chief as an effort “to make sure international rules and norms are respected,” particularly in an area that’s become the scene of international disputes as of late.As RT reported at the time, officials were unsure at first what facilities would be opened up to the US as part of the agreement. Only now, however, officials for the island nation say the arrangement will ensure that American troops will be able to access at least three local bases during the next decade, including one that Filipino officials say is “ideal.”

For full report read …… http://rt.com/usa/156428-philippines-edca-five-bases/

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