Senator Miriam submits proposed resolution against EDCA to Supreme Court

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago today submitted to the Supreme Court a copy of proposed resolution expressing Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States is invalid or ineffective unless concurred in the Senate.

A total of 13 senators signed Senate Resolution No. 1414, however, SRN 1414 will remain as proposed resolution until it comes to Senate plenary for concurrence.

“This is to respectfully enclose, for the presumable information of the Supreme Court, the copy of Senate Resolution No. 1414,” Santiago said.

Senate Resolution No. 1414 was submitted pending Supreme Court’s decision on the validity EDCA.

The Office of the President says EDCA is just an executive agreement and thus needs no Senate concurrence.

“The Constitution is clear and categorical that Senate concurrence is absolutely necessary for the validity and effectivity of any treaty, particularly any treaty that promotes for foreign military bases, troops, and facilities, such as the EDCA,” states in Senate Resolution No. 1414.

Senators Sonny Angara, Pia Cayetano, JV Ejercito, Jinggoy Estrada, TG Guingona, Lito Lapid, Bongbong Marcos, Serge Osmeña, Koko Pimentel, Ralph Recto, Bong Revilla, and Cynthia Villar signed the proposed Senate Resolution.

Santiago assailed the EDCA as soon as EDCA was signed as an unfair surprise on the part of the Senate, which she said shares the treaty-making power with the President. “I have argued that such an agreement should first be submitted for concurrence to the Senate,” the senator said.