MANILA (Reuters) – The United States is considering requesting access to more military bases in the Philippines as part of a defense deal between the two countries, the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Thursday.
Admiral John Aquilino said in a joint press conference with Philippine military chief Romeo Brawner that he mentioned the possibility of expanded base access with senior leaders under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
Brawner added that the locations of existing bases are not determined by regional threats and EDCA’s primary purpose is training and humanitarian assistance.
(Reporting by Karen Lema and Mikhail Flores; Writing by Martin Petty)
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