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Philippines: Lawyers Challenge U.S. Troop Agreement in The Philippine Supreme Court

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ByChristine O. Avendaño
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Two former senators who 24 years ago fought for the removal of US military bases from the Philippines on Monday challenged in the Supreme Court the legality of a new security agreement between the Philippines and the United States that would expand American military presence in the country.

Former Senators Wigberto Tañada and Rene Saguisag joined a group of petitioners that asked the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) that was signed hours before the arrival of US President Barack Obama on April 28 for an overnight state visit.

The other petitioners are former UP President Francisco “Dodong” Nemenzo Jr., Dean Pacifico A. Agabin, Sr. Mary John Mananzan, lawyer Steve Salonga, who is a son of former Senate President Jovito R. Salonga, lawyers Harry Roque, Evalyn Ursua and Edre Olalia, Dr…

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