This is from presstv.The U.S. has still managed to keep the Philippines within the U.S. orbit with operations such as these. There are close links between the AFP and the U.S. military including aid in the form of military equipment. The U.S. is concerned about increasing ties with China (and Vietnam) including the Spratly oil exploration deal. However the U.S. itself as far as foreign investment is concerned has plenty of investment in China and increasingly in Vietnam as well.
Because of the presence of the Maoist insurgency and radical Islamic groups in the Philippines the U.S. has involved itself in the Philipppines under the cover of the war on terror or officially to help (or hinder) the Philippine government.
FBI eyes militarization in Philippines?
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 20:47:31
US Federal Bureau of Investigation launches a six-month training program for police and military personnel in southern Philippines.
"The FBI experts and instructors are now in Jolo to extend support to the intelligence group of the military and national police," AFP quoted provincial police chief Senior Superintendent Julasirim Kasim as saying.
Although the 'intensive' six-month counter-intelligence training program is said to be aimed at easing the hunt for Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) rebels, pundits believe the US intends to increase its military presence in southeastern Asia to temper China's influence throughout the region.
China's recent military and economic boom has been a cause for concern in Washington which has called on Beijing to clarify the intentions behind its military build-up.