Miriam: EDCA will be invalidated

by Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2014 08:48 PM | Updated as of May 09 2014 04:48 AM

MANILA - The Aquino administration might have a problem if the militant Left proceeds with its plan to question before the Supreme Court the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

The EDCA was signed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg ahead of US President Barack Obama state visit last April 28.

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago believes the EDCA will be invalidated since it did not get the concurrence of the Senate, which she says is a Constitutional requirement.
She said the EDCA cannot be hinged on the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).
Santiago said the MDT stipulates that the two nations will help each other in case of an attack on metropolitan areas.

"Hindi naman metropolitan area yang Ayungin (Shoal) na yan, bato iyan na nasa dagat," said Santiago.

Santiago said the country may be deeply humilitated if the EDCA is declared by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

Santiago, chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has called for a legislative inquiry on the EDCA.