No bases of American troops of any kind will be established or constructed on Subic Bay, Zambales, says Sec. Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND).
“There will be no US base in Subic. I can assure you about that,” said Lorenzana, who also called the report claiming such information as “fake and misleading news”.
This remark came after President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, wherein the president said that while he has nothing against the United States and China, he believes that allowing the Americans to set up a base in Subic Bay would be dangerous for the country in case war erupts, much like in World War II during the liberation of Manila, which became the second most devastated city after Warsaw, Poland.
“I’ll just put on record my thoughts. Just like Manila during the Second World War during the retaking of the city, one of the most devastated cities in the world. Kaya kung maglagay lagay ka ng base at this time this will ensure, if war breaks out because there would be atomic arsenals brought in, this will ensure the extinction of the Filipino race,” he said.
Meanwhile, the military welcomes Duterte’s pronouncements calling for the institution of a new retirement and separation benefits systems for new AFP recruits and officer candidates.
“That will address the concerns of the present pension and retirement pay of the AFP which is taken from the defense budget,” Arevalo said. (PNA)