President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's administration is giving full support to any United States war against Iraq - a stance that does not sit well with some in Congress. Her enthusiastic co-operation is in marked contrast to the caution, and even frowns, of other Southeast Asian leaders. Without even an official request, the Department of Foreign Affairs said the US could use any Philippine airport, port or facility as well as its air space. Foreign Under-secretary Franklin Ebdalin said: 'The country could well provide US aircraft with logistics such as the use of air space and our refuelling facilities.' He said this was done during the fight against the Taleban in Afghanistan. Foreign Secretary Blas Ople, said: 'This is part of the global fight against terrorism in which we are taking part.' Claiming he was not endorsing war, Mr Ople said 'we are an ally of the United States and we have a treaty with them'. Yesterday, presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye said Mrs Arroyo supported Mr Ople. It was a dramatic policy turnabout from two months ago when Mr Ople's predecessor, Vice-President Teofisto Guingona, was sacked for refusing US aircraft unlimited access. Yesterday senior lawmakers warned that Mrs Arroyo was putting at risk the lives of 1.4 million Philippines people in the Middle East, including 17 in Iraq, by agreeing to fully support the US campaign against Iraq. Senate defence committee vice-chairman Rodolfo Biazon also asked her to go slow on the matter because it invited retaliation against Filipinos abroad. Police and military have braced for terrorist threats directed at vital installations and the US, British and Israeli embassies, while Philippine embassies in the Middle East also had been secured, Mr Bunye said.