PHL can do more in regional security if EDCA implemented – Aquino

The Philippines will be able to do more in terms of maritime security and stability in the region if the 10-year Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with United States passes the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. “There’s a challenge before our Supreme Court with regards to this agreement,” President Benigno Aquino III told reporters in Japan.

“Once everything has been ironed out [with Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement] then perhaps we can also pull our weight and do our share towards enhancing security and stability within the region,” Aquino added.

Under EDCA, US military will be able to rotate more troops in the country, bring military equipment and access Philippine military bases. Philippines will have ownership of buildings and infrastructures constructed by US military in Agreed Locations.

According to Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang, United States Armed Forces will be having access to at least eight Armed Forces of the Philippines bases around the country under Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

Bases include Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, Crow Valley in Tarlac, Basa Air Base in Pampanga, Naval Station San Miguel in Zambales, Antonio Bautista Air Base in Palawan, Naval Station Carlito Cunanan in Palawan, Benito Ebuen Air Base in Cebu and Naval Base Rafael Ramos in Cebu.