Progressive groups irks at EDCA as constitutional

Progressive group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Mindanao (Bayan-SMR) were displeased by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow U.S. military bases in the Philippines.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled with 10-4 votes favoring that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA between the Philippines and the United States as legal and constitutional.

Bayan-SMR Secretary General Sheena Duazo said it has been declared that putting up military bases on the Philippine soils deviated the constitution.

She said the EDCA is a discreet act of the U.S. to take advantage of the resources of the country.

“Ang main objective man gyud sa US sa pagduso aning EDCA is positioning nila sa Asia-Pacific region. As an imperialist nga nasud, naga adto gyud sila sa lugar kung asa naa siyay economic interest,” she said.

(The main objective of the US in pushing the EDCA is to position themselves in Asia-Pacific region. (The US) as an imperialist country tends to go to countries which they have economic interest.)

Duazo claimed that the move to strengthen the EDCA is a big slap on our national sovereignty especially that the current Aquino administration failed to inform the public about the signing of the agreement.

She added that the agreement would not help resolve the territorial dispute on the West Philippine Sea.

“Dili gyud tinuod nga makatabang gyud ang EDCA sa atoa. Mas beneficial gyud siya sa U.S. It is a one-sided agreement. Wala kini gi-put up aron resolbhaon ang teritorrial dispute,” she said.

(It is not true that EDCA is helpful to us. It rather benefits the U.S. government more. It is a one-sided agreement. It was not put up to resolve the territorial dispute.)

The group also believed that the increased presence of American soldiers in the country means prevalence of human rights violations similar to Jennifer Laude’s case.

Bayan-SMR is set to consult with their legal counsel on their move to rebut the Supreme Court decision.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: Progressive groups irks at EDCA as constitutional, January 14, 2016

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