Supporters say EDCA will allow US aid in case of China attack

It was government’s turn to face the Supreme Court and defend the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA between the Philippines and the United States.

Acting solicitor general Florin Hilbay represented the government and told justices the agreement is consistent with President Aquino’s powers as commander in chief of the armed forces.

Hilbay also said, the senate need not ratify the EDCA because it is neither a new agreement nor a treaty requiring senate approval.

All licenses required by the president to enter into this agreement have already been previously secured, and therefore there’s no need to go to the Senate anymore.

“All licenses required by the president to enter into this agreement have already been previously secured, and therefore there’s no need to go to the Senate anymore,” said Hilbay.

So far the senate has maintained silence over the EDCA which the solicitor general takes to mean the senate sees no violation or impairment of its powers in the EDCA.

Hilbay allayed fears the EDCA will pave the way for the return of US bases in the Philippines and said the agreement will help the country improve its military facilities.

But the deal does not guarantee the US will come to the aid of the Philippines in the event of an armed conflict with China over their maritime dispute.

Hilbay said, the EDCA deserves a chance to prove its worth even as he criticized the petitioners for being perennial oppositors to mutual defense agreements the Philippines enters into with the United States.

The high court gave both sides 20 days to finalize their arguments in a formal memorandum after which, the case is deemed submitted for resolution.

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  • Kuya
    3 December 2014 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    I don’t know here they got that idea that US help is not reliable in case of China attack. Remember that US always ready to extend help to any country specially to its allies tht they have a treaty like the Philippines. The only thing we need to look at are the agreements that is one sided. EDCA should not be abolished but only needs to improve the agreement that will be fair to both parties…

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