Philippine EDCA Constitutional

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    Cossack25A1 1st Lieutenant

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    Supreme Court allows more US forces to base in Philippines

    Tarra Quismundo

    Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016

    IN A RULING that allows the basing of more US military forces in the Philippines in the face of aggressive Chinese incursions in the South China Sea, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between Manila and Washington.

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    Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal
    By AT Editor on January 13, 2016 in Asia Times News & Features

    (From Reuters)

    The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.

    Last year, the Philippines and United States signed the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) granting Washington increased military presence in its former colony, rotating ships and planes for humanitarian and maritime security operations.

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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    Don't know how related the two are, but USS Topeka, an Improved LA Class submarine, visited Subic Bay yesterday, 12 January 2016:


    On Tuesday, the U.S. navy confirmed that a U.S. fast-attack submarine arrived at a Philippine naval base.

    According to the U.S. navy in a statement, the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Subic Bay on January 12 as part of what was termed “its routine Indo Asia-Pacific deployment.”


    Despite the alleged “routine” nature of the deployment, the submarine’s presence attracted media attention because of its timing. As I reported earlier this week, its arrival coincided with news that the Philippine Supreme Court had finally upheld the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a pact that the Philippines had inked with the United States back in April 2014 (See: “Philippine Court Upholds New US Defense Pact”). Among other things, EDCA would give U.S. troops and equipment wide access to Philippine military bases on a rotational basis.

    It also coincided with bilateral discussions between the United States and the Philippines in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met with their U.S. counterparts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for the so-called 2+2 ministerial meeting. Both sides were expected to discuss a range of issues, including U.S. assistance with Philippine military modernization plans and ongoing disputes in the South China Sea, in which Manila is a claimant. As I reported last year, Subic Bay, where Topeka arrived, was a former U.S. naval facility and the Philippines had decided to reopen it to serve as a military base for the first time in more than two decades (See: “Philippines to Open Former US Naval Base Near South China Sea in 2016”).

    Why Was a US Submarine Just in the Philippines? | The Diplomat


    Seems to coincide with the EDCA ruling.
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    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Meanwhile China is very upset at the Philippine decision to allow for more US bases.

    China harshly criticized the Philippine Supreme Court's backing of a defense pact allowing American forces, warships and planes to be based temporarily in local military camps, with an editorial in state media Wednesday calling the move "stupid" and warning of consequences.

    Manila "appears to be now turning to Uncle Sam to back its ambition to counter China," the article said, employing a phrase harkening back to the Cold War.

    U.S. Navy plans more South China Sea patrols in 2016

    Heading in to 2016, U.S. officials say that more patrols by Navy ships and aircraft are coming. Legal experts say these patrols are the only way to protect freedom of navigation rights disputed by China.

    "We need to remind ourselves that [the] U.S. Navy ... has been conducting freedom of navigation operations since Jimmy Carter was in office," said Craig Allen, a professor of marine and environmental affairs at the University of Washington School of Law. "If you simply acquiesce to somebody else's claims, you could lose your rights."
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