THE Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday junked the petition of a former United States (US) senator seeking the nullity of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) forged between the Philippines and the United States.
During en banc deliberations, the high court denied the petition for intervention filed by former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel.
Gravel supported the petitions filed by former Senators Rene Saguisag and Wigberto Tañada, Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, and Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement (Courage) questioning the legality of EDCA.
According to the court, Gravel has no legal standing to pursue the case.
In his petition, Gravel said EDCA is a treaty that needs concurrence of the Philippine Senate. He said the agreement violated the Treaty Clause of the 1987 Philippine Constitution because it is “neither in the best interest of the Philippine people nor in the best interest of the American people.”
Gravel said the Philippines should not allow itself to be used in any military entanglements, whether with the US, Japan, the European Union or China.
The tribunal is set to vote on the case on December 16.