Edca re­opens old wounds in Su­bic

Business Mirror - - BM REPORTS - By Henry Em­peño Correspondent

SU­BIC BAY FREEPORT —The statue of “Inang Laya” (Mother Free­dom) in this free port pro­vides a telling sym­bol of Philip­pine sovereignty, or the lack of it.

con­flict],” de la Llana said.

De la Llana was very fa­mil­iar with this sce­nario of Su­bic (and the Philip­pines) be­com­ing col­lat­eral dam­age in the event of an all-out war be­tween the US and some su­per­power ri­val—and the di­vi­sive ef­fect of the bases is­sue on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

As a col­lege stu­dent in the 1980s, the na­tive Zam­baleña was among those who called for the dis­man­tling of the US bases—even when her father, the late Judge Gual­berto de la Llana, sat as chair­man of Zo­morus, the Zam­bales- Olon­gapo Move­ment for the Re­ten­tion of US Bases. Many times father and daugh­ter de­bated heat­edly over the is­sue. And now, the is­sues come back un­der Edca.

“I think the lack of a pro­vi­sion ex­plic­itly say­ing that the US would come to our aid when we are at­tacked by an­other na­tion makes it un­fair to the Philip­pines,” de la Llana said. “The eco­nomic ben­e­fits un­der Edca are okay, but what I don’t like is that Edca al­lows the US to hide be­hind the skirt of the Philip­pine mil­i­tary, when we know for a fact that we’re putting up th­ese Philip­pine naval and air bases in­side the Su­bic Bay Freeport Zone for the ben­e­fit of the Amer­i­cans.”

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