The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a planned treaty between the
But Australia's proposal has an "image problem" with-in the Philippine Senate in particular the demand that Australian troops be given the same status of forces agreement as the USA- something expected to be the major problem with any prolonged "training deployments' for Aussie troops in the South.
Also continued resistance to trade imports and Philippine Agricultural products imports to
The report quotes: Senate president Franklin Drilon, Who the report says –
“ predicted some legislators would challenge the SOFA proposal, partly on the grounds of sovereignty concerns. "The yardstick is always our national interest when we are confronted in the Senate with treaties of this nature," he said.” the Herald reports