Lawmaker scrutinises increased US troops

A lawmaker raised concerns in the framework agreement currently being drafted by the Philippines and the United States to increase rotational military presence of American troops in the country amid the escalating tensions over the West Philippine Sea, the Manila Times (www.manilatimes.net) reported.

 

Rep. Antonio Tinio of ACT Teachers’ Party-list scrutinised the plans of the agency to increase the presence of US troops in the country during the budget hearing of the Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday.

 

He expressed his total opposition against the framework agreement currently being drafted by the Philippines and the US as it is “open-ended.” Tinio fears that this can lead to the possibility of using the Philippines as a “launching pad” of U.S. attacks to other countries like Syria and China.

 

Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Manila to meet Pres. Benigno Aquino 3rd and key DND officials. He announced that the U.S. will increase its rotational military presence in the Philippines and implement a “non-traditional approach” in conducting the joint military exercises.