Nov. 11, 2015 (EIRNS)–President Obama’s effort to essentially occupy the Philippines militarily as a base of operations against China was dealt a severe blow by the Philippine Senate Tuesday, just as the Noynoy Aquino puppet government and its largely subservient Supreme Court leaked that they were prepared to rule that the occupation was legal ON THE DAY BEFORE OBAMA ARRIVED IN MANILA for the annual APEC meeting on Nov. 17. The so-called EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement), was signed during an official state visit by Obama to the Philippines in April 2014, and the decision of the Philippines Supreme Court that the agreement was not a treaty, just an executive agreement, and thus both Constitutional and outside the jurisdiction of the Senate, was timed to essentially crown Obama the governor general of the Philippines upon his arrival, allowing the mass deployment of US air, land, and sea forces into Philippine military bases across the country.
In fact, the deployment has already begun, despite the Constitutional prohibition of such deployments.
It was learned today that the historic vote in the Philippines Senate on Tuesday, ruling that the EDCA is indeed a treaty and must be ratified by the Senate, was promoted by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago after Butch Valdes, the head of the Philippines LaRouche Society, was recognized on the floor of the Senate, along with three associates from the PINAS group (Philippines for Sovereignty) who have led the fight to stop the US military occupation.
On the same day, the PINAS group submitted the Friend of the Court brief written by LaRouche ally US Sen. Mike Gravel to the Philippines Supreme Court, arguing on moral, historical and political grounds that the Philippines must not submit to the US war policy. Even if the Court rules (as expected) that the EDCA is Constitutional, the Senate has now pre-empted their subservience to Obama. LaRouche networks and their allies will now mobilize the Philippine population and members of Congress to stop Obama in his tracks by shutting down this imperial ploy altogether.