Philippine defies MPs call to rid US military deal

The Philippine government has rejected calls by the lawmakers to abrogate a military deal with U.S., officials said.

Philippine defies MPs call to rid US military deal

The Philippine government has rejected calls by the lawmakers to abrogate a military deal with U.S., officials said on Thursday.

Some lawmakers said the U.S. troops had extended their presence.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, head of the foreign relations panel at the upper house of Congress, said the government must end and renegotiate a new security deal with the United States because the current treaty violates the country's constitution.

Santiago said in a statement that U.S. had to negotiate with the Philippines if it wants to use Philippine territory in its alleged war on what it say "terror".

Since 2002, an average of 300 soldiers from the U.S. Special Operations Command have been deployed in half a dozen locations in the southern Philippines.

The United States has given an average of 2 billion pesos ($40 million) in security, economic and humanitarian aid to the Philippines since 2000 following a military-to-military pact, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita told reporters.

U.S. troops are allowed to defend themselves if attacked but are forbidden from offensive operations, according to the agreement.

Reuters
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