United States Armed Forces will be having access to at least eight Armed Forces of the Philippines bases around the country under Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement. Under EDCA Philippines will have ownership of buildings and infrastructures constructed by US military in Agreed Locations.
AFP Chief-of-Staff General Gregorio Catapang, in a report by Gigi Grande of ABS-CBN News, reveals eight military bases where US may have access under EDCA.
Bases include Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, Crow Valley in Tarlac, Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Naval Station San Miguel in Zambales, Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, Naval Station Carlito Cunanan in Palawan, Benito Ebuen Air Base in Cebu and Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Cebu.
However, agreed locations and access for US military will be formalized once the Supreme Court made its ruling regarding the constitutionality of EDCA. “If we formalize and they start putting up structures and it’s not constitutional, they will have to destroy those structures. Equipment will have to be brought back to their country,” the General said.
Earlier this month US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said US is deploying most advanced fighters in the Asia-Pacific, “the F-22 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as well as our long-range B-2 and B-52 bombers… We’ll also continue to push our most advanced technology to the Pacific, including, for example, our newest stealth destroyer, the Zumwalt.”