Non-permanence ng US troops sa bansa, binigyang diin ng Malacañang
admin • August 13, 2013 • 3271
FILE PHOTO: Ang CARAT exercise sa pagitan ng US Navy at Philippine Navy na naganap noong buwan ng Hulyo ng nakaraang taon sa General Santos City. (RITCHIE TONGO / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines – Pinawi ng Malacañang ang pangamba ng ilang grupo na magtatayo ng permanenteng base militar ang Estados Unidos sa Pilipinas dahil sa ginagawang pagpapalakas ng US troops sa bansa.
“He is very explicit yesterday when he mention that it would be in the framework na yung one adherence to our constitution as well as the existence agreement that we have with the US,third he also emhasized the non-permanence,” pahayag ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte.
Tiniyak ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at Department of National Defense (DND) na hindi malalabag ang konstitusyon ng bansa gayundin ang Visiting Forces Agreement sa planong ito.
“As mentioned by both officials by secretary of foreign affairs and secretary of national defense that everything will be done under the following of 1987 constitution,” pahayag pa ni Valte.
Inaasahan ng DFA na sa pagdadagdag ng rotational presence ng Amerika ay masisimulan na ang modernisasyon sa AFP, at kahit na hindi pa nakabibili ang bansa ng modernong kagamitan, makatutulong ang US presence sa pagpigil sa anumang banta sa soberanya ng bansa.
Kasabay ng pagpapalakas din ng maritime security, matututo na ang Pilipinas sa paggamit ng mga makabagong kagamitan at mapapalakas ang kapabilidad ng bansa na tumugon sa anumang kalamidad.
Nilinaw naman ng palasyo na hindi pa ito ‘done deal’ kundi paguusapan pa lang ang detalye ng framework. (Nel Maribojoc / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines — The military exercises between the Philippines and the United States scheduled for the following months will still push through despite the Duterte government’s move to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Thursday.
In a statement, Lorenzana said the training between Filipino and American soldiers will still proceed as scheduled within the 180 days that the VFA remains in force.
“With the formal serving of the notice of termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, this year’s planned military exercises with the Americans shall proceed as scheduled within the 180 days that the VFA remains in force,” he said.
The Defense chief, however, said American troops may opt to discontinue the exercises before the 180 days are up.
Once the VFA’s termination is final, Lorenzana said Filipino troops will stop conducting military drills with their American counterparts.
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday confirmed that they have received the notice of termination sent by the Philippine government. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
The Philippine Navy ships, BRP Davao del Sur (LD602) and BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS16), have arrived in Oman to help in the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by the tensions in the Middle East.
The ships arrived at Sultan Qaboos Port late on Wednesday afternoon (February 5).
In a statement, Philippine envoy to Oman, Ambassador Narciso Castañeda said the navy contingent are “all safe and sound” upon arriving in Oman.
“The troops are very happy and in high spirits since this event serves as another milestone for our Navy that we can already transcend across the deep waters of Indian Ocean or the Arabian Sea,” he said.
He also assured that the embarked sailors and marines “are ready to assist and support the government effort in repatriating our unsung heroes, the OFWs in this Middle East conflict.”—AAC
Rear Admiral Giovanni Carlo J. Bacordo officially assumes the position as the 38th Flag Officer In Command of the Philippine Navy on Monday (February 3).
The Philippine Navy conducted a change of command ceremony which was presided by President Rodrigo Duterte.
During his speech, Bacordo said that as the new Philippine Navy Chief, he will implement programs that will ensure that the new defense capabilities will remain capable through time.
“Not only we will have modern platforms, but also modern systems and modern mindsets to ensure that we will continue to fulfill our mission and remain to be a strong and credible Navy that our maritime nation can be proud of,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte lauded former Navy chief, Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad for his contribution and told members of the Philippine Navy to rally behind the new navy leadership under its newly assumed Flag Officer In Command.
Empedrad retired after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56 on his birthday on Monday.—AAC
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