Wednesday, January 13, 2016

AFP awaits resumption of talks to identify PHL bases open for EDCA

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 13): AFP awaits resumption of talks to identify PHL bases open for EDCA

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is waiting for the resumption of talks between the Filipino and American side to determine and identify possible bases which can be access by the US military under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

This was disclosed by AFP spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla Wednesday.

He added talks will resume once the Philippine delegation returns home after its meeting with its American counterparts in Washington D.C.

Possible Filipino military bases to be opened under the EDCA include Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija; Crow Valley in Tarlac; Clark Air Base, Pampanga; Benito Ebuen Air Base in Mactan, Cebu; Camp Lapu-Lapu, Cebu; Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz; Naval Station San Miguel in San Antonio, Zambales; Antonio Bautista Airbase, Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Camp Edilberto Evangelista, in Cagayan De Oro; Edwin Andrews Air Base in Zamboanga City.

Talks for the base selections commenced shortly after the EDCA signing in April 2014.

However, this was interrupted after several groups filed a complaint at the Supreme Court (SC) claiming EDCA is unconstitutional.

The SC, voting 10-4-1, on Tuesday declared agreement as constitutional.

It also upheld the position of the government that the latter is an executive agreement and does not need the Senate concurrence.

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