“The next Mutual Defense Board meeting is in October,” AFP Chief General Emmanuel Bautista said in AFP GHQ today May 16.
MDB is the consulting panel for EDCA, it is co-chaired by AFP chief and US Pacific Command head with US and PH security officials. “There is a process to determine what bases will be offered and there is also an approval process. That will be discussed by the MDB,” the AFP chief explained.
“There is nothing definite yet until the MDB [meeting] happens,” Bautista said. “I cannot say that there will be a list [of bases for US troops and hardware] already by October.”