Aquino bound to be confronted with sovereignty issues over US mil, intel ops in Philippines--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
June 15, 2012
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said the Aquino regime is bound to be politically and legally confronted by issues of sovereignty as it continues to allow the US military to increasingly intervene and operate within the Philippines.

Said the CPP, "The nationalism of freedom-loving Filipinos is being roused by the Aquino regime's display of all-out puppetry to the US government in allowing it to use the Philippines as a platform for its hegemonist drive in the Asia-Pacific region and carry out or support combat and intelligence operations within the scope of Philippine national affairs."

The CPP said nationalist personalities, groups and movements can confront the Aquino regime with questions of sovereignty on various issues such as:

  (a) providing US warships and submarines with virtual open access to Philippine waters without consideration to the policy of freedom from nuclear weapons as provided for in the 1987 reactionary constitution. Not only are the advanced warships and submarines of the US nuclear-powered, these are also widely believed to be carrying nuclear weapons and are capable of launching these against the enemies of the US. Filipino nationalists can question the US policy of "neither confirming nor denying" and oppose the entry and docking of US warships and submarines that do not conform to the nuclear-free policy.

  (b) allowing the US armed forces to maintain a military base inside Philippine territory. The headquarters of the 700-strong Joint Special Operations Task Force (JSOTF)-Philippines is an exclusive zone within Camp Navarro, the main camp of the AFP's Western Command, in Zamboanga City. Not even top generals of the AFP are allowed access to the JSOTF-P headquarters without permission from US officials. Filipino nationalists can raise the legal matter of the absence of a treaty covering the JSOTF-P's headquarters which violates requirements set by the 1987 constitution covering foreign military bases, troops and facilities.

  (c) allowing the US to set up and operate its intelligence infrastructure in the Philippines which are essentially US military facilities which the US considers as its exclusive domain. Filipino nationalists can also raise the fact that no relevant agreement or treaty covers such facilities. They can demand an investigation into the communications infrastructure (mountain-top antennaes, etc.) which the US has set up in the course of its "humanitarian missions" and "joint exercises" in the past several years.
 
  (d) allowing a foreign police agency, particularly, the New York Police Department (NYPD) to set up a "satellite office" in order to carry out intelligence operations within Philippine territory. The Aquino regime has agreed to work with the US military in setting up a land-based radar along the Philippine coastline to conduct maritime surveillance. Aquino has also given his open support to the US, allowing it to operate its surveillance drones within in Philippine air space. Intelligence operations of the US constitute outright military intervention and can be confronted by Filipino nationalists as violative of Philippine sovereignty. Such operations further enable the US government to influence Philippine policy-making and legislation and influence or manipulate political exercises such as elections.

  (e) allowing the US military to direct AFP operations such as the US-guided dropping of a "smart bomb" supplied by the US in Basilan last February against what the US described in the media as "terrorists". Furthermore, the Aquino regime allows the US to influence AFP operations both at the strategic and tactical levels. Filipino nationalists can raise the issue of sovereignty over the fact that the US government is actively involved in a domestic armed conflict and is supplying arms and other war materi├ęl to support the campaign of suppression being undertaken by its client state against the people's democratic mass struggles.

"The Aquino regime is displaying out and out puppetry to the US government," said the CPP. "Benigno Aquino III is bound to surpass his mother Corazon who in 1991, as Philippine president, marched on the streets of Manila to call for the extension of the Military Bases Agreement with the US."

"Aquino is emboldened by the US' all-out support and believes in the delusion that American endorsement of his rule is an impregnable shield that will protect him from all political challenges," said the CPP. "His puppetry, however, is bound to be rocked by a surge of nationalism and mass resistance against US military intervention and domination."