For Immediate Release

Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV)

Contact: Arturo P.Garcia

Phone; (213)241-0995

January 13, 2015



Los AngelesNot all legal decision is moral.

The Justice For Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) is very terribly disappointed with the decision of the Philippine Supreme Court that upheld the legality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) between the Philippines and the United States.

JFAV National Coordinator Arturo Garcia said, “It’s a terrible insult and a big blow for national sovereignty and pride that all of our Filipino World War II Veterans fought for during World War II.”

This decision will live in infamy and shame. Until today that the US government has not paid our Filipino World War II veterans their benefits and have not recognized them as American veterans for 7o years, the the Supreme Court acted as a pimp to sell out our territory,sovereignty and independence to the American imperialist.”

The SC Decision, A Great Sell-Out

JFAV Lobby in the US Congress,2013

By voting 10-4, the decision written by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the high court said Edca is an Executive Agreement, not a treaty and by the controversial decision the high court favored the American imperialist opened the whole country into being a giant American base in the Pacific. “

JFAV added, “the high court by  saying that “as it is, EDCA is not constitutionally infirm. As an executive agreement, it remains consistent with existing laws and treaties it purports to implement,” the high court kowtowed to the foreign interests and its local US puppets”

The high court in effect disagreed with the position of the Senate that Edca must be submitted to the Senate for ratification. Further, it used the 1987 constitution against itself by citing a certain provision against its general principles.

The Senate by way of Resolution 105 informed the high court that Edca must be concurred in by at least two-thirds of all members of the Senate.”

Garcia added, ” Instead,the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for EDCA to more abuses of the US, military,stockpile weapon, deploy troops “on rotational basis”, not pay rent and without any assurance to defend the Philippines.”

Presidential Power Over the Senate

CYkGDWHUsAAaJrdThe high court essentially gave the President power over the Senate by ruling that, “No court can tell the President to desist from choosing an executive agreement over a treaty to embody an international agreement, unless the case falls squarely within Article 18 Section 25,” Garcia added.

Garcia further said, “the high court have also irreparably damaged the existing institutions like the Senate and sided with the President on the matter of jurisdiction by its ruling that under Section 25, Article 18, the President can enter into an executive on foreign military bases, troops, or facilities if “(a) it is not the instrument that allows the presence of foreign military bases, troops or facilities, or (b) it merely aims to implement an existing law or treaty and holding that the Edca is one such executive agreement.”

“In the field of external affairs, the President must be given a larger measure of authority and wider discretion, subject only to the least amount of checks and restrictions under the Constitution,” the high court added.

JFAV Commends Dissenters and Petitioners Vs Edca

JFAV commends the four justices who dissented against the majority ruling namely Justices de Castro, Arturo Brion, Marvic Leonen, and Estela Perlas Bernabe dissented from the majority and who sided with the Filipino people.

JFAV agreed with the  four justices who dissented and the petitioners who said the government violated several provisions of the Constitution, including the ban on foreign military bases and facilities without Senate concurrence.

Nationalism, the spirit of independence and national dignity still lives with them and all their ancestors who fought for freedom like the Filipino American World War II Veterans.




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