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4 new EDCA locations in PH are fine in Solon’s opinion.

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As long as the original goal of the existing agreement is upheld, a lawmaker sees no issue with the Philippines and the United States adding four new places to enhance the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

In a joint statement issued by the Philippine Department of National Defense and the US Department of Defense, Senator Francis Tolentino placed his full support behind this action.

Tolentino, who is also the vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, said in a statement: “I am in favor of defense/security cooperation ‘upgrades’ with reliable allies like the United States, considering the evolving regional conditions and challenges, so long as this is anchored on solid constitutional foundations and for the greater interests of the nation and EDCA.”

Tolentino recently suggested holding a multilateral demonstration of maritime security cooperation with the US and other neighboring countries that are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the midst of the most recent tensions in the disputed territories along the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea (ASEAN).

Tolentino claimed that increasing the number of ASEAN countries participating in combined patrols will help to ensure the freedom of navigation, and the exercise of fishing rights, and perhaps even reduce tensions resulting from territorial disputes plaguing the South China Sea region.

In the meantime, he rejected claims that the new EDCA deal would open the door to more extensive US actions in the Asia-Pacific area.

“The geopolitical environment includes intervention. Every other nation is also interfering. In the present world, we must consider everything for the sake of global peace and security, “Informed Senate reporter, Tolentino.

“The EDCA will not open the way for the creation of a permanent military presence or base in the Philippines, according to one of the preamble’s clauses. Therefore, they are not planning to make this permanent (they will not be permanent here). temporary rotational force maintenance, “Added he.

Tolentino claimed that the EDCA is a component of the system used to carry out the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Philippines.

According to the MD Treaty of 1951, the United States is required to support and assist the Philippines in relation to the West Philippine Sea and other places, he added.

Tolentino emphasized that “friendship and sovereignty” must serve as the cornerstones of any new agreement between the two Pacific allies.

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