• Govt to discuss bases terms with US, Japan

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    The Philippine government will soon discuss with Japan and the United States the parameters under which American and Japanese troops will gain access to the country’s military bases, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said.

    “We’re trying to do it as soon as we can, as early as we can,” del Rosario told reporters at the sidelines of the celebration of the 46th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Wednesday night at the National Museum.

    “I think if we’re talking about access we need to discuss the modalities and parameters. That’s something that we need to start doing, starting with the US,” he said.

    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin earlier said that Manila will allow its allies such as Japan and the United States to have access to the naval base in Subic, Zambales province, and Clark Air Base in Pampanga province.

    Japan will be welcomed to have joint military exercises with the Philippines. Japanese troops, however, won’t be allowed to step on Philippine soil without a visiting forces agreement between the two countries.

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