Based on Oples` statement during the Senate briefing, (t)he MLSA (only) has a five-year term, and there is a particular language in the MLSA that states that logistical support and related activities are temporary and only for the duration of an authorized activity. The powers that will be so should be whether they also find the 424-page general agreement on tariffs and trade (GATT) of 1993, which consists of 30 agreements and 12 resolutions, boring. In other words, there is nothing frightening or secret for leaders not to inform the public in advance, because they already know at that time that the agreement was signed. This means that as long as U.S. troops are in the country, logistical support will be provided. Compounding that it is possible to welcome U.S. troops in accordance with the agreement with the Philippine government to be deployed throughout the country. Even concerned members of the House of Representatives request a copy of the MLSA. In October, the Bayan Muna Group tabled a resolution asking Malacaang to disclose the contents of the MLSA and submit the draft agreement to the Senate for ratification. During President Arroyo`s state visit in November 2001, the media reported on the agreement, which activist groups claim to be nothing more than a revamped name for the Acquisition and Cross Service Agreement (CASA).
In a statement to the press, Ms. Solon said that President Arroyo`s railroad gives people more reason to doubt the intent and content of the MLSA. She asked: is this too controversial for public control and consumption? Or perhaps it is a premature violation of the interests of our people and the sovereignty of the nation? According to Ople, (i) it took more than a year to negotiate the MLSA because the Philippines wanted to include the language in the agreement, which would categorically dispel any ideas that MLSA should lay the groundwork. This language contains the last paragraph of Article IV of the MLSA, which states that, under this agreement, no military base, structure or permanent structure of the United States can be established, established or admitted. It was an agreement at the time, but the full draft, which had been leaked to the media in early January 2002, used the term arrangement. This last point is clearly less binding than the agreement and the treaty and implies that the document is low-level and does not require Senate approval. As early as late last year, AFP claimed that MLSA only covered refueling of U.S. aircraft and the re-establishment of U.S. troops before heading to other destinations. In addition to the fact that the agreement would not only expose the transit policy of U.S. aircraft and ships in the Philippines, but would also involve additional equipment for the military.
Bayan Muna Rep. Liza Maza pointed out that we were not even informed of the MLSA project they advised. The hush-hush manner in which the Mutual Logistics and Support Agreement (MLSA) was signed only shows the mastery of both U.S. governments and PR governments in phraseology and word substitution. Here, too, leaders may have a different concept of availability, and each, since, on the basis of media reports, only senators received copies of the document at a Senate briefing on the afternoon of November 21.