Galvez dismisses EDCA opposition


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THE Department of National Defense (DND) dismissed opposition by local government officials over plans to establish additional United States military facilities on Philippine bases located in their respective provinces under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Defense Officer in Charge Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Friday that the Philippine government "is aiming to achieve an optimal number and locations of the EDCA sites to maximize their coverage of the Philippine archipelago." "We understand the apprehensions expressed by our local chief executives about EDCA and our bilateral exercises. However, we must consider the volatile situation in which we operate and not...