Marcos says new military bases to be ‘scattered’ around the Philippines

  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Wednesday he will make a formal announcement soon on the locations of four additional military bases under the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (Edca) with the United States.
  • Mr Marcos in Feb 23 granted the United States access to four sites, on top of five existing locations under the 2014 Edca, which comes amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea and towards self-ruled Taiwan.
  • “There are four extra sites scattered around the Philippines. There are some in the north. There are some around Palawan. There are some further south,” Mr Marcos told reporters at the sidelines of the Philippine army’s founding anniversary.

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