Gabriela urges Duterte to junk EDCA

Gabriela activists in a demonstration against EDCA. (GWP photo)

The Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) reiterated Friday its call to junk the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

“President Duterte should heed the clamor of Filipinos to flesh out an independent foreign policy. Junking EDCA is one concrete step to back up his anti-US rhetoric,” the group said in a statement issued on the occasion of the third anniversary of the document’s signing.

“He should stand with patriotic forces in insulating the country from America’s renewed imperialist agression in the region without relying on Beijing,” the GWP added.

EDCA provides the favorable conditions for unlimited entry and movement of US troops in the country, especially with the heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula and lingering dispute on the West Philippine Sea as pretext.