Trillanes wants probe of EDCA

Posted at 05/06/14 6:04 PM

MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has asked the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security to probe the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

In a resolution, Trillanes said “after the signing of the EDCA, there has been a clamor from the public, including from a number of legislators, for a clarificatory review and/or briefing on the coverage and/or contents of the said defense agreement and its operational details.”

He said a probe by senators would help thresh out details on EDCA.

“There appears to be an imperative need to review the EDCA in order to clarify its coverage and contents as well as the extent of the strategic military relationship between the US and RP under the said agreement in order to promote transparency…,” the former Navy officer said.

Several groups are planning to bring to the Supreme Court the agreement, which gives American soldiers access to a limited number of military bases.

It was signed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg ahead of US President Barack Obama’s state visit last week.

Former Senator Joker Arroyo has slammed the agreement, saying the administration has skirted the constitutional prohibition on military bases and troops in the country.

Some senators also believe the executive should send the EDCA to the Senate for ratification.