Filipinos Divided Over Obama Visit, US-PH Defense Deal

Filipinos Divided Over Obama Visit, US-PH Defense Deal

MANILA, Philippine – United States President Barack Obama’s visit to the Philippines and the newly-signed military agreement between the two nation-allies has elicited different reactions from Filipinos – from militant groups to politicians; from experts to netizens – while the government remains optimistic about its positive contribution to the country’s stand against China over disputes in the West Philippine Sea.

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) which allows US troops temporary access to selected local camps and bases over the next ten years is seen as the needed boost to the Philippines’ weak military capability in the face of the China’s continued aggression in the disputed territories.

But left-wing militant activists, who have staged dramatic protests against the deal and the US leader’s recent visit, opposed the looming US military presence in the country because it will only make way for a ‘bully’ to replace another ‘bully’. (Click here to read more)

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