MANILA - The Philippines assured the United States on Wednesday that an agreement calling for increased American troop presence in the Southeast Asian nation will be fully implemented.
The Supreme Court upheld the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) in January and this week dismissed appeals to reverse the ruling.
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"I assured Secretary Kerry that we will pursue our planning process for the full implementation of EDCA," Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay said in a joint press conference with his US counterpart, John Kerry.
The EDCA was signed during US President Barack Obama's visit to Manila in 2014, as the Philippines faced China's increasingly aggressive claims in the South China Sea.
Envisioned to complement a six-decade-old Mutual Defense Treaty, the EDCA would also increase joint training between Filipino and US troops as well as pre-position US military assets in Philippine bases for disaster response.
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