Please see attached the pleadings we filed yesterday with the Supreme Court on behalf of former US Senator Mike Gravel, who wishes to intervene in the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) proceedings.
In his younger days, Senator Gravel, collaborating with Daniel Ellsberg, was instrumental in the release of the Pentagon Papers to journalists. The Pentagon Papers showed how four presidential administrations and later, a fifth, had lied to the American people about the reasons for American involvement in the Vietnam War.
In the concluding remarks of his Petition-in-Intervention, Senator Gravel intones, thus:
“The Petitioners in the instant case are more than qualified to that task. However, Petitioner-Intervenor is qualified as a globalist, a student of international affairs, an experienced political observer, and somewhat of a constitutional scholar having devoted the last two decades of his life to the issues of human governance and their relationship to the electoral implementation of direct democracy.
The discussion above is made in an attempt to motivate this distinguish Court to render a judicial decision that will in effect transfer the deliberations on the EDCA from its secret confines to the Philippine Senate where arguments will be made in full public view. Petitioner-Intervenor hopes his arguments made above will contribute to that debate. The extreme importance to the wellbeing of Filipinos and the survivability of Philippine democracy are at stake in that debate.
This Honorable Court’s judicial decision could well set a chain of circumstances in motion that could ultimately affect the course of world affairs. In this regard, Petitioner-Intervenor is reminded of a famous statement made by the renowned sociologist Marguerite Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.