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for quite some time in the pipeline for quite some time since last October.
There were expectations that the Philippines, after six years of Duterte presidency,
a very pro-Beijing president, someone who wanted to nix the Philippines' defense treaty with the United States.
There was a hope that after Duterte, not only will we restore bilateral relations,
but we'll further expand it.
So under Marcos Jr., we may have a new golden era in bilateral relations with the United States,
in the same way that Duterte wanted to have a new golden era of bilateral relations with China.
Well, the U.S. already has access to five sites in the Philippines.
What difference do these four more make to Washington's ability to counter Chinese aggression in the South China Sea?
Well, speaking of the five pre-existing ones,
two of them will be very much frontline when it comes to the South China Sea disputes.
So one is the Basa Air Base in Pampanga,
which is close to the Scarborough Shore where the Philippines and China had in the past.