Manila, Philippines — Lawmakers yesterday asked the Aquino government to expedite the signing of a new Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) with the United States based on “mutual interest” in the wake of Washington’s vow to defend its Southeast Asian allies against China’s aggressive action in pursuing claims over disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
Deputy Speaker Giorgidi Aggabao, Deputy Majority Leader and Citizens Battle against Corruption party-list Rep. Sherwin Tugna, and Marikina Rep. Miro Quimbo issued the call to finally forge the AEDC, which seeks to increase US military presence in the country.
“The AEDC fits four square our national interests. We should sign it at the earliest time possible. That AEDC is a component of the American Asian pivot bodes well for us. There is convergence of national interests which means the Americans are serious and would be around for the long haul,” Aggabao said.
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