Of Surprises and Betrayals

When the news broke out two weeks ago that the Mutual Logistics and Support Agreement (MLSA) between the United States and the Philippines was signed, lawmakers, militants, media men, and the public were caught by surprise. Many expected that the controversial agreement would not be signed that soon and that it might even be submitted to the Senate for ratification.

The MLSA, according to the agreement’s preamble, is designed “to further the interoperability, readiness, and effectiveness of their respective military forces through increased logistic cooperation.” It is supposedly in accordance with previous agreements such as the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty, RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement or the RP-US Military Assistance Agreement. Continue reading