Mutual Defense Treaty, Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement next to go?

February 13, 2020

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday disclosed that Malacañang has not ordered yet the Department of Justice to look into the scrapping of the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States.

Guevarra issued the statement after Malacañang hinted at the possibility of dissolving the EDCA and MDT too.

“No (orders made),” Guevarra said.

Just the other day, the Philippines has officially sent the notice to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement to the United States.

Malacañang on Tuesday confirmed that the notice has been signed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. and sent to the US government on the same day.

“The President directed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to tell Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin of the Foreign Affairs to send the notice of termination to the US government last night. And the Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin, and the latter signed the notice of termination and then sent it to the US government today,” Presidential spokesman Panelo told a press briefing.

According to Panelo, the termination will take effect after 180 days from now.

The VFA, signed in 1998, accorded legal status to US troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.