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U.S. SEEKING AIRPORT ACCESS, AQUINO SAYS

President Corazon Aquino said Monday the United States has requested access to a military airport at Subic Bay Naval Base following an American forces withdrawal from the installation later this year.

Philippine officials indicated the request would not include the stationing of U.S. troops at the air facility, Cubi Point, which is attached to Subic."There is a pending request from the United States for the use of air support facilities under the Mutual Defense Treaty," Aquino said in a statement.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy declined immediate comment.

Philippine military officials said the issue would be discussed in regular joint defense talks between the two countries scheduled for later this week.