This should be a welcome news for all Filipinos. This should counter China’s expansionism and island grabbing scheme. Let us be realistic about this, we are a third world country, and if China decide to invade a few islands or the entire country our armed forces is no match to the power of the Dragon, it will be a turkey shoot. Let the US come in, it is better to deal with them than deal with China, prime example is the country of Tibet, China will never grant them independence. If the defensor Santiago and all her allies are against this move, let them come up with another solution or better yet she should be targeted for investigation as a sell out.
We should have thought it up long time ago, way before the Chinese staked claim to our Scarborough Shoals. May be reactive but still a laudable move. Two birds in one stone: one, in terms of national defense and security and two, in terms of business and economy. Checkmate, anyone?