Saturday, October 13, 2012

Subic military base buildup vital to DND, US

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Oct 12): Subic military base buildup vital to DND, US

The plan of the Department of National Defense (DND) to develop a military base inside the Subic free port is a critical part of the country’s national security program, a defense official said.... “The Armed Forces [of the Philippines] is modernizing in a very aggressive [way],” Peter Paul Galvez, DND spokesperson, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone on Wednesday. “In a few months, we are embarking in procurement and we intend to use those areas in Subic for our air platform and naval assets,” Galvez said. “We have a big interest in the area,” he said, referring to the 200-hectare airport complex in the Subic free port, a former US naval base at the boundary between Zambales and Bataan provinces....

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