Progressive groups slam US military intervention

ANG BAYAN
21 February 2012

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Various progressive organizations launched protest actions last week to assail the continued presence of US soldiers in the country. The protesters said that American soldiers freely entering and leaving the Philippines signalled impending military intervention not only in the country but in the entire Asia-Pacific.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) said the US was in the process of expanding its military presence in the country by invoking laws and agreements that allow such presence. It cited the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) that permits American troops to access facilities and services in their former military bases. The MLSA obliges the Philippines to provide services to "visiting" US troops.

On the other hand, GABRIELA and the International Women's Alliance (IWA) said that the presence of more US troops under the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty stokes the fires of conflict between the US and China. They added that the US has been strengthening its troop deployment to control the Asia-Pacific and shift its foreign policy focus after waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decades. GABRIELA and IWA also raised concerns that US-instigated wars in the Asia-Pacific region would lead not only to violence but the plunder of natural resources, as what happened in the two countries.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) slammed US plans to rotate 4,500 US Marines all over the Asia-Pacific to project its geopolitical influence. The KMP cited the obviousness of the US' desire to make its dominant presence felt by positioning its forces in the region. It also assailed the Aquino regime for having virtually ceded the country's sovereignty because of its puppetry to the US.

The Kilusang Mayo Uno accused the US of using its puppet governments to strengthen its political and economic interests in the region.

Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy CasiƱo has filed a resolution in Congress to investigate the US' plans to increase the number of American troops in the country.

The progressive groups called on the Filipino people to oppose US military intervention in the country and revive the tradition of patriotism against any threat of aggression.