Malacanang ready to defend, while militant groups really want to junk EDCA

President Aquino’s administration is prepared to defend the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) to the Supreme Court.

“We believe this is constitutional. We are prepared to defend the EDCA before the Supreme Court,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on state-owned dzRB radio.

EDCA will be defended by the Solicitor General. The enhanced defense agreement was signed April this year during the visit of US President Obama.

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“We are serious in wanting the EDCA to be junked. We do not want any of its provisions implemented. The Supreme Court should side with the Filipino workers and people on this most important issue,” Kilusang Mayo Uno said.

Kilusang Mayo Uno and the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) came to Supreme court last Friday to file the third petition to junk EDCA.

The first was filed by former senators Rene Saguisag and Wigberto Tañada, and the second by the Makabayan bloc.

EDCA will allow to designate bases and an increase in rotation for US forces and hardware in the span of ten years.

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