Philippine Panel chairman for Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) said three to five PH military bases were eyed to base US military troops under the said agreement. “It is ranging from 3 to 5 AFP bases. That is not final, that is the starting discussion.”
“Fort Magsaysay is an ideal location. It is a big area. We hold Balikatan exercises there. We are still studying it. It is for recommendation,” Batino said.
Batino refused to confirm or deny if Subic is included in the list of proposed base for US troops. However, Batino said that Subic will be the home base of two BRPs (Alcaraz, and del Pilar) acquired from US coast guard and coming fighter planes purchased from South Korea.
“The Subic project, I must emphasize, is an AFP project. The AFP is requesting for limited portions of Subic so that it can strategically locate Philippine Air Force equipment and Philippine Navy equipment.”
According to sources US is requesting for access in Clark Airfield, Subic bay, Poro Point, and Camp Aguinaldo – general headquarters of AFP. Also, US is considering to ask access for five civilian airports in Palawan, Cebu, General Santos, Laoag, and Batanes for refueling purposes.
Bases and access for Us troops will be finalized and included in the annex of EDCA.