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Fiery Cross Reef reclamation

PerryScope By Perry Diaz With all the hoopla following the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States on April 28, 2014 in Manila, one would expect American military forces to be deployed to at least eight strategic locations to protect the Philippines from external forces intruding into her territory. But 16 months have passed and not a Read More …

China-vs-US

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In less than two years, China had reclaimed 2,000 acres in seven tiny reefs in the Spratly archipelago and soon she would start constructing buildings and fortifications. One of these reclaimed reefs is Fiery Cross Reef where satellite images show what appear to be a runway and a harbor. Once completed and put to use, it would be China’s first overseas Read More …

Kalayaan-Group-of-Islands

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Ever since the United States and the Philippines signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) last April 28, 2014, a lot of Filipinos have been asking: Will the U.S. defend the Ayungin Reef against Chinese invasion? I wish this could be answered with a simple “yes” or “no,” preferably a “yes.” But given the complex and complicated situation that exists between Read More …

Seventh-Fleet.3

PerryScope By Perry Diaz There is a minority but very vocal group of Filipinos – including militant lawmakers and Catholic Church leaders — who are critical of the recently inked Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States. Some say it was a mockery of the Philippine constitution. Some say President Benigno Aquino III sold out the country to America. And Read More …

Clark-Airbase

By Alexis Romero The Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines – About three to five military camps are being considered as possible sites of American facilities to be built under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a defense official said yesterday. Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino said negotiators have started talks on the annexes of the pact, including the areas where US troops will construct their facilities Read More …