Note: This is a statement by Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.
Anakbayan expresses alarm over news that the Supreme Court (SC) is set to declare the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the United States (US) and the Philippines constitutional.
If true, such a ruling will allow EDCA’s US military reoccupation of the Philippines, and will legitimize the one-sided agreement’s clear trampling of Philippine sovereignty and makes a mockery of whatever remaining national dignity the country has left.
Clearly, EDCA violated the constitution, Section 25, article xviii of which clearly states that any foreign military bases, troops, or facilities shall not be allowed in the country except under a treaty approved by Senate.
Also, under the pretext of defending the country against Chinese bullying, EDCA in fact paves the way for greater rape of our sovereignty by allowing unlimited and permanent US troop access to our country and the unrestricted building of US bases anywhere in Philippine territory.
We fear that EDCA will only worsen the crimes and atrocities related to US presence, as highlighted by last year’s gruesome murder of Filipina transgender Jennifer Laude by American serviceman Joseph Scott Pemberton.
Instead of helping us stand against China, out and out puppetry to US geopolitical interests will only further weaken the Philippine capability to defend itself against foreign occupation and put the country in greater danger of war by getting caught between two clashing titans.
The twisting of the law in order to railroad the legality of such a one-sided agreement only shows the extent of the different branches of the government’s puppetry to their US masters. The SC decision on the constitutionality of EDCA is even being made out as a gift to US President Obama who is scheduled to attend the APEC summit in Manila this November 17-19.
This is one more instance of the slave bowing to the master akin to April last year when EDCA was signed just hours before the arrival of Obama for a state visit to the country.