This was my statement as an invited resource person last Dec. 1, 2014 before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Excerpts of my statement were heavily quoted by the Dec. 4, 2014 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, in an article,” EDCA makes PH Subservient -U.P. Prof”.
EDCA IS NEGOTIATED SUBSERVIENCE
By Roland G. Simbulan
Professor 12 in Development Studies and Public Management University of the Philippines & Vice Chair, Center for People’s Empowerment in Governance (CenPeg)
(Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, Philippine Senate, December 1, 2014)
Madame Chair, I respectfully thank the Foreign Relations Committee for inviting us – the Center for People Empowerment in Governance or CenPeg- to give our views on the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). CenPeg is a policy research and policy-advocacy think tank on issues of governance including Philippine foreign policy. I am currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of CenPeg. I have authored 7 books and written at least 27 articles in scholarly journals here and abroad on Philippine-U.S. relations, U.S. military presence in Asia and the Pacific, and security agreements.