Philippines Senate Insists US Military Occupation of Philippines Bases is a Treaty, Must Get Senate Approval
Nov. 10, 2015 (EIRNS)–The Senate of the Philippines today rejected Obama’s puppet-President Noynoy Aquino’s claim that his deal signed with the U.S. to deploy massive air, land, and sea forces and equipment into eight or more Philippine military bases, is not a treaty — just an “executive agreement” — and therefore did not need the approval of the Senate.
Fourteen Senators out of 23 voted in favor of a resolution introduced by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to pronounce the deal a treaty, which must be passed by the Senate in order to be implemented. The vote came none too soon, as it has been leaked that the Supreme Court is about to rule in favor of the Constitutionality of the agreement, despite a clear Constitution restriction against foreign bases on Philippines soil.
Members of the Philippine LaRouche Society were at the Senate, with other opponents of Obama’s plan to use the Philippines as a base for war on China.
U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel (Alaska, 1969-81) has prepared a “Petition for Intervention” (called a “Friend of the Court” brief in the U.S.) to the Philippines Supreme Court, arguing for the Philippines to “Save Itself” and to help the U.S. “Save Us From Ourselves” by rejecting the military war policy.
Sen. Santiago made clear that she will oppose the so-called Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) if it comes to the Senate. She is also a Presidential candidate for the 2016 election, with Bong Bong Marcos (the son of Ferdinand Marcos, the nationalist President subjected to “regime change” by George Shultz and his neocon circle in 1986) running as her Vice Presidential candidate.