Aquino summoned to US carrier ship, fuels talk of reestablishing US military facilities--CPP

CPP Information Bureau
May 15, 2011

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the "shameless display of master-puppet relationship" when Pres. Benigno Aquino was flown by a US military aircraft to international waters for an unscheduled and unannounced rendezvous to board the USS Carl Vinson. The USS Carl Vinson is one of four carriers scheduled to port in Manila for four days starting today.

"It would appear that Aquino was summoned by the US government, which had him flown to the US carrier, bypassing standard diplomatic procedures," said the CPP.

"Aquino's rushed, unannounced and unscheduled visit to the US military carrier is highly irregular, to say the least, and fuels speculation that the US is pressing its agenda on the Philippine government," said the CPP. "It fuels recent talk that the US is seeking to reestablish its military facilities in Subic Bay or some other part of the Philippines."

The CPP pointed out that two weeks ago, two senior US government officials visited Subic Bay Freeport to be briefed of the situation in the former US naval base before visiting MalacaƱang and conferring with Aquino.

The CPP condemned the scheduled docking at Manila Bay today of the US fleet comprising the USS Carl Vinson, USS Shiloh, USS Bunker Hill and USS Gridley. The fleet sailed from the North Arabian Sea and is said to have served as the launching pad of the White House-directed operations to assassinate al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden last May 1 in Pakistan.

"The docking of a US fleet of interventionist troops is a transgression on Philippine sovereignty," said the CPP. "By allowing the North Arabian fleet of US battleships to dock in Manila, the Aquino regime is letting the US use the Philippines as an operations base for its interventionism in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and other countries."

"Furthermore, the docking of the North Arabian fleet in Manila serves as a magnet for the enemies of the US and renders the Filipino people vulnerable to acts of reprisal."

The CPP pointed out that the scheduled four-day docking of the US North Arabian fleet is the third in the past few months after two similar port calls by the USS Washington in September 2010 and March 2011. At least 3,000 US troops also entered the Philippines last month to participate in the annual Balikatan exercises.

"Aquino is bound to become one of the most shameless US puppets as he accedes to every whim of his imperialist master," said the CPP. "His regime allows gives full play to the US' intervention in armed counterinsurgency operations and allows the US to use the Philippines as a forward-deployment base for interventionism against other sovereign states."