Biazon defends PNoy request for US spy planes

Posted at 07/04/2012 6:15 PM | Updated as of 07/05/2012 8:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Armed Forces chief Rodolfo Biazon on Wednesday said he sees nothing wrong with President Aquino's plan to allow US spy planes to monitor the disputed Spratly Islands.

Biazon, who is the current chairman of House committee on national defense, said one basis for Aquino's request to the US government is the existence of a protocol among allies and friendly nations on exchanges of information, to include intelligence reports.

He said the country has similar arrangements on exchange of information with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

He said the President can also invoke the provisions of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty.

"I think the President has made correct pronouncements and it has basis - the internal protocol, exchanges of information and intelligence, and then the provisions of the Mutual Defense Treaty," said Biazon.

He said he does not see an escalation of tension in the disputed areas if the President pushes through with the plan.