US to expand military bases

Manila

The US will upgrade and expand its facilities on Philippine military bases this year, the Philippine defence minister has announced.
Delfin Lorenzana said President Rodrigo Duterte would honour plans for the US to build barracks, warehouses and runways in at least three locations.
The move comes despite comments from Mr Duterte last year in which he said he wanted US troops to leave his country. Under a defence pact, the US has troops at five Philippine military bases. The Enhanced Defence Co-operation Agreement (EDCA), signed in 2014, allows the US to deploy ships, aircraft and troops at those bases and to store equipment for humanitarian and maritime operations. “EDCA is still on,” Mr Lorenzana told a news conference.—Agencies

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