VP Binay explains the new Philippines-US defense cooperation agreement

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 2, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – According to Vice President Jejomar Binay, the new defense cooperation agreement between the Philippines and America has a huge impact in the desirable life of the Filipinos in the Philippines.

In the same Washington D.C. forum where he spoke about his plans to run for president in 2016 Binay said that the new Philippine-U.S. security pact will not only provide a dramatic deterrent against external aggressors and provide a quick response mechanism to disasters.

It will also help improve the lives of the Filipino people as well.

“Through the EDCA, we have effectively upgraded our own security platform, without shifting a significant portion of our limited resources to support an arms race and procure weapons systems that exceed our normal defense requirements. It will soothe and calm the investment climate in the Philippines. It enables us to focus better on developing a solid economic base to combat poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and disease,” said Vice-President Binay.

Binay maintains that the new defense deal will not reflect a freezing of ties with China.

He says the Philippines will continue to push for dialogue with China to resolve dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

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