US and PH strike new security agreement ahead of Obama's Asia trip

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 11, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The Philippines and the United States reached an agreement on a new security treaty that allows American military forces to share local bases for maritime and humanitarian operations.

The two oldest allies in the Asia-Pacific region had been negotiating a new military deal for nearly eight months.

Among the plans are to increase US troops in the Philippines and to strengthen the Philippines’ defense capability.

The pact will also raise the level of Philippine protection against China by increasing naval presence in disputed areas in the South China Sea.

Philippine authorities say both sides had reached a consensus on key points during the eighth round of talks.

The draft provisions now moves to President Benigno Aquino III desk.

The pact is expected to be signed during President Barack Obama’s April 28-29 visit to Manila.

The agreement will be a highlight of Obama’s visit to Asia.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Junior says the Philippines stood to receive more US military assistance once the pact is signed.

For this year, the US allocated about $50 million to the Philippines in military aid.

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  • JRB
    13 April 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Obama you should be shame, why us our tax money to go to the philipines, and spent our tax money on the filipinos for a new security treaty Americans military that allows forces to share local bases for maritime and humanitarian operations. And what Obama you can’t even take care of your own real Americans back home, like why you don’t help the homeless and the people who don’t have jobs ?

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