Philippines court green lights US bases

US looks to increase presence amid rising regional tension.

Philippine court allows military deal with U.S. as sides meet in Washington

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.

Dozens of anti-U.S. activists held protests outside the court denouncing the deal as a de facto basing agreement that would make the Philippines a launching pad for military intervention in the region.

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