Duterte may stop PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

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    Duterte threatens to stop EDCA
    By: Christine O. Avendaño
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    08:00 PM October 2nd, 2016


    Mr. Duterte said his government has been reviewing the EDCA, reminding the US government that while it might be an official document, it was just an executive agreement not even signed two years ago by then president Benigno Aquino III, but only by his official representatives in the negotiation for EDCA.

    He said EDCA, which was signed in 2014 but was not implemented until the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality in January, was only signed by then defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin and a US aide.


    “Better think twice now because I would be asking you to leave the Philippines altogether,” President Duterte said to the US government. That would happen, said the President, if the US were “unable to produce the signature bearing the permit to conduct war games.”

    The President made the statement as he reiterated he would strengthen the country’s ties with China and Russia, disclosing for the first time he had talked to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev while he was in Laos for the Asean summit last month.

    The President said he met with Medvedev and told him about the way the US was humiliating him and that the latter told him he would help him.

    He said China, on the other hand, told him to go with Beijing because the US would not be able to give Philippines some assistance.

    Reiterating the insults he got from the US, President Duterte said “tomorrow I will be friends with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Chinese President) Xi Jinping.”

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    I wonder on what Duterte's reaction will be once China starts building military base in the Spratly islands since he hates American forces being stationed in the Philippine islands.
     
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