On Monday, April 3, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said in a statement that the four sites will be in Isabela and Cagayan, on the island of Luzon, facing north toward Taiwan, and in Palawan, near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
These new locations are on top of five bases the U.S. currently has access to, bringing the total number of bases the American forces can rotate through in the Philippines to nine. The expansion in the Philippines is a significant step in the U.S. effort to build up its military assets in the region to prepare for a future war with China.
The U.S. expansion is being done under a deal Washington and Manila signed in 2014 to give the American forces greater access to the Philippines and allow them to build military facilities. It is called the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Arrangement (EDCA), which is built on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). The VFA provides the legal basis for the U.S. military presence in the Philippines.
The bases had been assessed by the Philippine military and deemed "suitable and mutually beneficial," the PCO statement said, noting that the camps would also be used for humanitarian and relief operations during disasters.
Manila-based think tank Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI) earlier warned of the possibility that the Philippines would get involved in a future war between China and the United States.
"The U.S. will fight a proxy war against China up to the last Filipino – just like what it did to us in World War II and what the U.S. did in Ukraine from 2014 up to now," IDSI noted.
"Over 100,000 Ukrainians have already been killed; with the security and peace, economy and democracy of Ukraine all destroyed."
IDSI issued the warning as Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland met with senior Philippine officials "to discuss key aspects of the U.S.-Philippines alliance."
The think tank further warned that Nuland has substantial experience setting up a third nation to act as America's main proxy in foreign conflicts.
In 2013, Nuland was instrumental in providing Ukraine with $5 billion to bring about a "secure and prosperous and democratic Ukraine." But this money ended up being used in genocidal attacks on Russians in eastern Ukraine, killing over 14,000 of them.
"We can predict that this is now again the 'mission' of top CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] or Deep State agent Victoria Nuland in coming to the Philippines: To create a new war, from Ukraine to Asia, between the Philippines and China, with the poor, hapless and helpless Filipinos as the new cannon fodders of the U.S. right after the equally poor, hapless and helpless Ukrainians," wrote IDSI.
U.S. officials have denied these allegations.
Speaking at a military base in Manila, visiting Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall claimed that the expansion of the defense agreement with the Philippines is "not focused on any particular issue."
"We are at an inflection point in history and our cooperation will help ensure we stay on the path to peace and stability," said Kendall.
The Chinese embassy in Manila responded by claiming that the U.S. is taking steps to drive a wedge between Beijing and its neighbors. (Related: Australia to buy up to 5 nuclear-powered submarines from the US – and China isn’t happy about it.)
"Such cooperation will seriously endanger regional peace and stability and drag the Philippines into the abyss of geopolitical strife and damage its economic development at the end of the day," said the embassy in a statement.
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