Planning on EDCA continues for immediate execution

Details of Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between Philippines and United States will be discussed within this month.

“We will discuss important issues, including the areas where they will reposition their humanitarian equipment and the areas that they want to develop for their pre-positioning,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief General Gregorio Pio Catapang said.

While there is still a petition to block EDCA in the Supreme Court, Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board, co-chaired by the AFP Chief and US Pacific Command commander Admiral Samuel Locklear, will continue the planning so when SC issues a positive ruling for EDCA it would be executed immediately.

Mutual Defense Board is the consulting body for EDCA. There will be a process for selecting bases for rotating US troops and equipment, there will also be an approval process.

There are three petitions filed in the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality and EDCA’s benefit for the country.

The national government is ready to defend EDCA. “We believe this is constitutional. We are prepared to defend the EDCA before the Supreme Court,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on earlier interview.