MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – U.S. House of Representatives Bill No. 1433 or the proposed Philippine Human Rights Act seeks to block any assistance to the Philippine military and police until the government ensures that perpetrators of human rights abuses are held accountable.
8,000 miles across the Pacific, in the Philippines, the U.S. was given access to an additional four military operation sites in addition to the five already existing under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
Is the U.S. having its cake and eating it too?
If the U.S. House Bill becomes law, the Philippines could cancel EDCA.