American military to have additional access in the Philippines

| March 22, 2023

Subic Bay, Philippines. (Steven Borowiec)

In addition to the four military bases that the US was granted access to, the Philippine government is looking at providing access to additional sites. The Philippines has not named these sites yet. However, there is a possibility that the US had requested locations in Isabela, Zambales, Cagayan, and Palawan. Many local governments appear to support the Philippine government’s decision for these added locations.

From Reuters:

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr last month granted the United States access to four military bases, on top of five existing locations under the 2014 EDCA, which comes amid China’s increasing assertiveness towards the South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan.

Speaking at the Basa Air Base in Manila, one of the existing EDCA sites, visiting U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said the defence agreements between the two countries were “not focused on any particular issue.”

EDCA allows U.S. access to Philippine bases for joint training, pre-positioning of equipment and building of facilities such as runways, fuel storage and military housing, but it is not a permanent presence.

While the Philippines has yet to formally identify the sites, a former military chief has publicly said the United States had asked for access to bases in Isabela, Zambales and Cagayan, all on the island of Luzon, facing north towards Taiwan, and on Palawan in the southwest, near the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Reuters has additional information.

Category: Air Force, Army, Marines, Military issues, Navy

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When the Chi-Coms start acting up, everyone in the neighborhood wants to be our friend.


“not focused on any particular issue.” Wonder if the Tiger on the loose in that part of the world has anything to do with it?


Naw, that couldn’t be it. /sarc


Hey, Jesse Ventura can be “in theater” again!

Old tanker

If it is only temporary, why are they putting in rather permanent facilities like runways material storage and housing?


Because landing fighter aircraft into thick jungle, can scratch the paint job.


Patience, Messkit, he is a tanker, after all… 😜 


Zambales means Subic Bay. Olongapo!

“I love you no shit. Buy me drink?’

Prior Service

The war college taught me that national strategy is about gaining access, overflight, and basing, so I guess things are going well in PACOM…

Army-Air Force Guy

I’d volunteer to go to PI. Just don’t station me on that rusty old LST that beached on a reef out by the Spratlys.