Last Nov. 25, 2013 we met with our NGO, The EU-ASEAN FTA Network. Their work is to monitor the negotiations for free trade agreements between the European Union and the Asean member countries. Since two groups were assign to them, they let us choose the assignment that we want to work on. Our group chose to make the matrix of the Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) that the Philippines signed.
The main goal of this is to ask DTI to review these treaties as we have four pending cases because we have violated these treaties. For me, this is a bit alarming. How can the Philippines enter into an agreement and a few years after, forget about it. I think it is very important for us to be reminded of the commitments that we make so that it wouldn’t come back to bite us when the time comes. These four cases could have been prevented if we knew of the certain conditions we have made with other countries.
But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ Matthew 5:37