PH set for $11M upgrade to US Navy base facing South China Sea

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 10, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Philippines is set to spend more than $11 million to upgrade a US Navy base facing the disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Philippine authorities say P500 million would be used to build a port at Ulugan Bay, the Philippine military base nearest to the Spratly Islands.

The goal is to upgrade the base in order to house the large vessels of the US Navy.

Filipino activists like the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamalakaya ng Pilipinas have slammed this project. They say the Philippines cannot afford to spend millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money, while claiming 80 percent of 98 million Filipinos are struggling and hungry.

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  • Kuya
    10 March 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    PLKMP exaggerated nmn. I would rather spend that money in building the base now rather than losing our natural resources and islands inside our territorial waters. Losing all that natural resources and islands would even starved 69% of Pilipinos in the future .

  • Ate
    10 March 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Noong matapos palayasin ng Nanay niya (dating Presidente) ang mga Kano sa Subic at Clark, eto ngayoon, magbabayad na tayo sa US Navy, para bantayan ang atin territorial water.Habang buhay eto. gagastosan natin ang US Navy, parang Yokohama, Japan and Korea, sila ang nagbabayad sa mga US bases.

  • lolofred
    10 March 2014 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Spend the money wisely..give it to ENRILE,JINGGOY,BONG at lahat ng public officials.They all know where and when to squander billions of people’s pesos. Late Pres.Quezon put it back then: He’d prefer a Philippine government run “LIKE HELL” by the Pilipinos than a government run “LIKE HEAVEN” by the Americans.. Yan ang napala nating lahat, bumabaligtad sa nitso ang mga buto ni dating presidente Quezon..You got your wish old man, you got it..Suwerte ka you are not around anymore, all the Pilipinos living in abject poverty are enduring all this bullshits. Ano ang SAY mo ngayon? Check Hawaii,Alaska,Guam Puerto Rico and other US territories..we could have been one of them..not necessarily run by Whites, but LOCALS, where it is considered not to be perfect but WAY LOT better than the filthy,money hungry Officials of the Philippine Islands.

    • Delia
      11 March 2014 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      @Lolofred , i will join your sentiment , could’ve , should’ve , but its 70 years late now .

  • philman
    11 March 2014 at 3:55 am - Reply

    its build now or forever be bullied….

  • juanjohn
    11 March 2014 at 4:04 am - Reply

    We should offer the offshore gas drilling to US Company
    or better go back to Commonwealth govt with uS.

  • Kikay Pang0
    11 March 2014 at 4:45 am - Reply

    Its a waste of money building a port for US military vessels …. Maybe its better to invest on printing Chinese dictionary and start learning how to communicate in Mandarin language.

    • Wil
      11 March 2014 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      @Kikay Pang0 … you sound like a communist to me. If you think that China will allow you to have free reign .. You’re just plain ignorant.

  • cat_idiot
    11 March 2014 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    mahusay na naman ang naisip mo Mr.BS Aquino, in that way maraming pokpok ang magkaka-trabaho, hinayupak kang kalbo ka tamaan ka sana ng kidlat…

  • Anonymous
    11 March 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Attention United Nations.. Have you allow the Chinese Communist Country to invade our Territory? Recently they’re trying to push away our two Philippine vessel on Our Ayungin Shoal. Our goverment protest to Chinese embassy about those many incidents throughout our territories. But, still they ignore us.
    These Chinese Communist President and Military Generals Agressiveness,Selfishness, Greediness are showing to the intire world that they can do whatever they want to our sovereignty, and who will be the next?? Just to remind the President and Military Generals of the Chinese Communist Party that no Lunatic Leaders in these World have succeeded.Example: ( ADOLF HITLER=Dead) ( SADDAM HUSSEIN=Dead) ( MUHMMAR GADDAFFHI=Dead) etc… Are you next Mr. President & Generals of Chinese Communist Party?? We will praying to change your mind and hoping you will get out from our Land soon! Take Care & God Bless!

    • catholic_counter_capitalist
      12 March 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      @Anonymous… I beg to differ. The AGGRESSIVENESS, GREEDINESS, SELFISHNESS being demonstrated by the Chinese military is the result of their newfound strength and confidence thru their embraced of CAPITALISM which has transformed CHINA and its nation into an economic power house. With renewed economic mind set and booming economy, the demands of its nation cannot adequately support the voracious appetite of the new bourgeosie who make up a large percentage of the population and of the corporate capitalist companies from the West that do business with China. With much pressure, China’s hunger must look elsewhere for RESOURCES to satisfy the bottomless pit demands of Capitalism and must bully, grab and steal the small neighboring nations resources for the sake self-centered-interest of greedy economic system and maintaining an ostentacious, pretentious, superficial prestige, illusion lifestyle of CAPITALISM. So, if there is a system that is responsible for the heinous act of China that is being demonstrated in the West Philippine Sea, it is their embraced of CAPITALISM.