Philippine sovereignty has no price tag, CPP tells Enrile

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
May 07, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chided Philippine Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for "reducing the question of Philippine sovereignty to a financial matter" after he complained that the $30 million military support package extended by the US government to the Aquino government is "an insult" considering that "US is greatly benefiting" from its military treaty with the Philippines.

The Aquino government is to receive $30 million under the US government's Foreign Military Financing (FMF) Program, an amount that is almost three times bigger than the $11.9 million allocation last year. This amount, however, represents only a 35% share of the US FMF for East Asia, smaller than the 70% share allocated to the Aquino government last year. The puppet Philippine government has received as much as $500 million in military funding from the US since 2002.

"Enrile is whining over the relatively small amount of military support received from the US government," said the CPP. "What he is essentially saying is that it is fine for the US military to continue trampling on Philippine sovereignty and use the Philippines as a base for its military operations as long as the price is right."

"Indeed, the Aquino regime is surrendering Philippine sovereignty to the US imperialists for a mess of pottage," said the CPP. "The Filipino people are completely nauseated with the Aquino regime's mendicancy in allowing the US government to make full use of Philippine territory, interfere in our internal affairs, direct Philippine foreign policy, set military priorities and economic policies, all in exchange for a few discarded second-hand military hardware from the US war scrapyard."

"To the freedom-loving Filipino people, however, Philippine sovereignty is not for sale," added the CPP. "They have sacrificed millions of lives in the continuing struggle to achieve national sovereignty ever since foreign powers have colonized and lorded it over their land."

"Enrile's mindset is no different from that of Aquino's, or Marcos' or from any other president of the Philippine neocolonial state, in terms of puppetry to their American imperialist masters," said the CPP. "Enrile just wants his treachery to the Filipino people to be worth more than what his imperialist masters are willing to pay."

"If he is really so insulted by the small amount provided by the US government and its refusal to commit to the defense of the Philippines in the possibility of an armed confrontation with China, then Enrile should seriously push for the abrogation of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty," challenged the CPP. The CPP noted that Enrile was among the senators who voted against the extension of the Military Bases Agreement in September 1991.