The Philippines has agreed to allow the United States access to the country’s military bases under a new security deal being negotiated by the two allies, amid mounting concern over China’s increasing assertiveness in the disputed waters of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).
The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said that the incident at Tubbataha involving the Guardian raised more questions against the unhampered entry and permanent presence of US forces in the country under the VFA.
By Karen Boncocan
Human rights group Hustisya on Friday demanded an investigation into the death of a local fisherman whose boat collided with an American vessel Wednesday night.
By Christine O. Avendaño
, Jerry E. Esplanada
Next month’s high-level talks between the Philippines and the United States on expanding Washington’s military presence in the country will push through as planned contrary to some reports, according to Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.
Zamboanga City—The Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement is now looking into Wednesday’s vehicular accident in Lamitan City, in which two civilians and a US soldier were involved. The investigation came amid reports the US soldier involved refused police detention and was allegedly rude after he hit the victims. Undersecretary Edilberto Adan, VFACom executive [...]
By Ramon Tulfo
Militant legislators want the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) scrapped 12 years after the treaty with the US was signed. Here are some of their comments against the VFA: ACT party-list Representative Antonio Tinio: The VFA “has allowed the permanent basing of US forces in the country in the guise of never-ending exercises, and American troops [...]
MANILA, Philippines—THE 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States has been “working very well,” according to the US Embassy in Manila. The embassy cited the VFA for, among other things, making possible the May 15-19 visit here of the nuclear-powered carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, and its three escort vessels. [...]