MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The president of the Philippine Senate said yesterday that an agreement allowing the U.S. Navy to remain at the Subic Bay base would be voted down.
The base's lease expires Sept. 16, and the Philippine Constitution states that U.S. troops must leave if there is no new treaty.
"The treaty is dead as far as I'm concerned," Sen. Jovito Salonga told reporters after a 90-minute, closed-door meeting of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, which includes 21 of the 23 senators.
The Senate is expected to debate the proposed treaty Tuesday and then vote. President Corazon C. Aquino is expected to lead a pro-base rally near the Senate building in a last attempt to save the treaty.
Under the proposal, the U.S. Navy would be allowed to stay at Subic for 10 more years in return for $203 million in annual aid. Lawmakers say the compensation is inadequate.
Two-thirds of the Senate must ratify the agreement before the lease expires. Mr. Salonga, who opposes the treaty, said 13 senators will vote against it.
Philippine and U.S. officials have said there would be no new negotiations if the treaty is rejected.
A majority of Filipinos are believed to support the U.S. presence. Most businesses in Olongapo, a city of more than 300,000