Earlier today (Monday April 28th), in advance of President Barak Obama’s visit to the Philippines, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). This agreement will allow the U.S. access to basing in the Philippines in a way that will assist in building out the Philippine defenses and enhance security cooperation the U.S.
The facilities covered by the agreement are fundamentally Filipino facilities, and identified as potentially 5 separate locations. Two bases on the island of Palawan, the Port of Batangas, Subic Bay Freeport, and Clark Field. There will be no U.S. occupation of bases which many critics claim would be in violation of the Philippine Constitution with the additional issues of Sovereignty infringement.
We recently traveled to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone earlier this month and noticed many changes that have taken place as compared to our visit two years ago. I wrote about our most recent visit and some of the changes we observed in a recent post titled Subic Bay Transformation.
To read more about the EDCA, visit this SUBIC NEWS LINK.