Bayan calls on Duterte to halt Edca implementation
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Monday urged the Duterte administration to halt the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation (Edca).
“The Edca is a mere executive agreement thus, the President has the power to terminate it after a thorough review,” Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes said in a statement released on Filipino-American Friendship Day, which marks the country’s independence from the US.
Reyes reasoned that the Edca has always been deemed “grossly disadvantageous to the Filipino people” as well as a violation of national sovereignty.
Edca allows US forces to have “primary” or exclusive use of local military facilities without paying rent. But the Aquino administration defended it by saying that the agreement will help enhance the military capabilities of the Philippines.
“Malacanang and the DFA should review the arrangements entered into by the Aquino government, especially those arrangements entered into during the last 100 days of the Aquino regime,” Reyes said. “Details of the arrangements should be disclosed as a matter of public interest.”
Reyes argued that the construction of supposed US military facilities in the Philippines should also be halted.
Edca is a supplemental agreement signed by the Philippines and the US in 2014 to further boost their alliance. The Supreme Court ruled in January that it is constitutional
This military agreement between the Philippines and the United States was upheld by the Supreme Court last January after critics argued that it was illegal since it was not submitted to the Senate for ratification.
The high court said the Edca, which is supposed to support the existing Visiting Forces Agreement, is considered an executive agreement and not a treaty. Kirsten Jamilla, INQUIRER.net trainee/KS/rga
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