MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday evening said he will not allow the United States military to build a depot in the country.
"Here is my worry: Ito bang Amerika, maggawa sila ng parang depot, they're unloading arms in the Philippines now. Dito sa Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, pati Pampanga," Duterte said.
(Here's my worry. The United States is building a depot. They are unloading arms in the Philippines, in Palawan, Cagayan de Oro, even on Pampanga.)
"I'm serving notice to the Armed Forces of the United States: 'Do not do it. I will not allow it,'" he added.
According to the president, provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement prohibit the US to build permanent facilities in the country.
"First of all, merong provision sa VFA, that there shall be no permanent facilities. A depot, by any other name, is a depot. (It) is a permanent structure to house arms," Duterte said.
Earlier, the Pentagon said it has given the greenlight to upgrade and build facilities on Philippine military bases this year.