Philippine Supreme Court Split on U.S. Defense Pact

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The SC earlier set the deliberations on the case last Nov. 10 and 16 before the arrival of American President Barrack Obama for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last month, but the high court failed to rule on the case because some justices were not ready yet with their position. STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – Justices of the Supreme Court are divided over the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States.

A court insider bared yesterday that three magistrates have submitted their respective dissenting opinions on a draft decision upholding the constitutionality of EDCA.

“This was the reason why the voting was again reset (last Wednesday). The dissenting opinions were circulated only last Tuesday,” the source revealed to The STAR.

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno reportedly penned the draft ruling.

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