March 06, 2017

Duterte Rejects US Air Base in Palawan

The Duterte Administration rejected US plans to build facilities near to one of the disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) – the Bautista Air Base in Palawan.
Construction in two other military bases will proceed. Construction will start this year at the Basa Air Base in Pampanga and at the Lumbia Air Base in Cagayan de Oro.
The Basa Air Base is considerably near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal), located off the coast of Zambales province.
The Lumbia Air Base, meanwhile, is near the known lair of local terrorists in Central Mindanao.
Duterte at first threatened to cancel the EDCA, but his advisers may have persuaded him to enforce the agreement signed between the previous Aquino and Obama administrations.