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Edca cannot override state policy

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One main question in the raging debate over the Edca (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) is: Can it override a law or a constitutional state policy? Based on our study (Laviña, “Executive Agreements,” Philippine Law Journal, Vol. 44 [1969]), the question has to be answered in the negative.

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Onerous, irrational and unconstitutional

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Barely finished, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) was rushed for the signature of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg as a gift to visiting US President Barack Obama late last month.

Posted: May 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Weep for the motherland

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American soldiers are coming to town, in the thousands, in battleships and warplanes. They will camp, not in the forests or jungles of the Sierra Madre or Mindanao, but in the metropolises of Manila and Cebu. Their aircraft carriers will be moored in the blue seas of Palawan, the “last frontier” of our hapless land.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Political masochism

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This is a tale of two framework agreements: one on the Bangsamoro (FAB) with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and the other with America (FAA) on the expanded access of US troops to our country. The Philippine Government (PHG) seems to be losing leverage in both.

Posted: March 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We are a Guantanamo

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Not in recent memory has our government been subjected to intensely sustained political and diplomatic pressure on US bases except during the incumbencies of the first and second Aquino administrations.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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