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U.S. Military Expanding in the Philippines

Jun 3, 2024

The U.S. military will start using another four bases in the Philippines in addition to the five bases it has occupied since 2016. The U.S. will rotate troops through these bases and store weapons at them without paying rent to the Philippines.

It seems like the U.S. wants to surround China with offensive military capability. So, Washington is spending tens of millions of dollars to install “High Mobility Artillery” rockets and build “urban combat training facilities,” ammunition warehouses, and fuel storage systems on these bases close to China and Taiwan. But the military claims this expanded occupation is only to “defend” the Philippines.

Several Filipino officials disagree, including the former president and the current president’s sister. Echoing local villagers’ concerns, the governor of a province where two of the bases are located commented after recent catastrophic typhoons, “I didn’t see any [American military] who helped us.” He asked, “Why should we fight their battles and their wars?” He added that recently, “The only thing [America] has sold is arms, that’s why they create wars. I don’t want Filipinos to die for America.”