28 Mar Rallies Against EDCA to be Carried Out on April 7th Which is the Anniversary of the Battle of Cagayan de Misamis
Massive rallies will be carried out by protesters to show their disagreement towards EDCA and the increasing presence of US military in the Philippines. In Northern Mindanao, church leaders said protesters would start a series of rallies in opposition to the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA on April 7 which happened to be the anniversary of the Battle of Cagayan de Misamis.
On 1900 of the same day, dozens of Filipino revolutionaries as led by Gen. Nicolas Capistrano, charged an American barracks under the command of Col. Edward Goodwin with at least 52 revolutionaries were killed, 9 wounded and 10 captured while the Americans who were with a superior firepower suffered four casualties and nine injuries.
According to Bishop Rudy Juliada of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), the said battle should be remembered and to let the people be reminded of the bravery and patriotism the people of Cagayan de Oro showed during those times.
He also added that, “many of us do not even know our past,” and “that is why we are not critical of issues that entail our nation’s future.”
Meanwhile, according to Bishop Melza Labuntog of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), EDCA may have been given a stamp of legality by the Supreme Court but the pact’s morality is in question quoting, “Not all laws and treaties of the land legally passed in [Congress] and approved by the highest [court of the land] represent the voice and sentiments of the people.”
“They may be legal but not necessarily moral,” he added in a statement. And that EDCA is an example of a one-sided pact that does not benefit God’s people and does poses a threat to the country’s sovereignty.