SPEAKING at Camp Melchor de la Cruz in Isabela on June 10, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. warned: "The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome."

But he left out one truism his late father could have pointed out: his February 2023 decision letting the United States use nine bases of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including the northern Luzon facility where he spoke, is precisely why the threat of external attack and even invasion has escalated.

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