Militant groups hold anti-EDCA rally in front of Supreme Court

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Members of various groups stage a rally outside the Supreme Court building in Padre Faura, Manila.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Militant groups, led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), trooped to the Supreme Court on Tuesday (November 10) as they awaited the high court's decision on the controversial Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

There was no information yet if the justices would vote on the petitions Tuesday, but CNN Philippines had learned that it would be part of the day's agenda.

Bayan was questioning the timing of the court's decision, pointing out that it came a few days before the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama in the Philippines.

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Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes argued that EDCA could be a mere implementing agreement of the Mutual Defense Treaty nor the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Reyes explained that EDCA's scope is broader since it allows permanent basing, stockpiling of weapons, and use of the country as a launching pad for U.S. military intervention.

He also said that it allows the United States use of facilities, rent-free and tax-free, insisting it transforms the entire country into a U.S. military outpost.

Bayan warned that a favorable decision for EDCA would add fuel to the APEC protests next week.

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