Aquino to offer return of US military bases as homage to Obama--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
June 06, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemned the Aquino regime for paving the way for the virtual return of US military bases in Central Luzon after it agreed to give the US military unrestricted prerogative to make use of the naval and airport facilities of its former military bases in Clark, Pampanga and Subic, Zambales.

The agreement was forged between Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Philippine President Benigno Aquino in a meeting held the other day at MalacaƱang before Aquino left for his successive visits to the United Kingdom and United States.

"It is plain to see that the Aquino-Dempsey agreement was forged as Aquino's gift to US imperialist chieftain Barrack Obama whom he is set to pay homage to in his upcoming visit to Washington," said the CPP.

"That US naval ships and military aircraft can only use facilities with 'prior clearance from the Philippine government' is an insignificant caveat in order to allow the puppet Aquino regime to play at being a sovereign state," said the CPP. It pointed out that just more than a week ago, the USS North Carolina, a stealth submarine capable of launching nuclear rockets emerged off the coast of Subic, surprising officials of the puppet government.

"However, not even such brusque display of contempt for Philippine sovereignty could rouse even an infinitesimal patriotic reaction from the Amboy officials of the puppet Aquino regime," said the CPP. "The fact is that in the past several years, the US military has been using Philippine civilian and military facilities at whim, with or without the prior consent of the Philippine government."

"The Aquino-Dempsey agreement signals the deployment of large numbers of American troops, naval warships, aircrafts, drones and other military facilities on a level unprecedented since the 1946 Military Bases Agreement was rejected on September 17, 1991," said the CPP.

"The Aquino-Dempsey agreement further weakens the capability of the Philippines to exercise an independent foreign policy," said the CPP. "The agreement only further bounds the Philippines to the US military and denies the Philippines' sovereign right to choose its friends and enemies."

The CPP pointed out that the former Clark Air Base and Subic Naval Base were used by the US for its operations in the 1970s against Vietnam and in its various interventionist operations against Iran in the 1980s. "By giving the US military prerogative to use its former facilities in Clark and Subic, the puppet Aquino regime is allowing the US to use the Philippines as a staging platform for its interventionism, power-projection and hegemony-building efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, in outright violation of Philippine sovereignty," said the CPP.

"Bereft of any sovereign will, the Aquino government is serving as a willing pawn of the US imperialists in its effort to establish what it has declared as an American Pacific Century where it seeks to set itself up as the sole economic, political and military superpower in the Asia-Pacific region," said the CPP. "The US, in particular, seeks to contain the rise of China as a political and military power and press it to continue serving as a junior partner of US imperialism."

"The Aquino-Dempsey agreement will only result in the further stoking of tensions over the disputed territories and land features in the South China Sea," said the CPP. "The increased presence of US warships and troops in the Philippines and other countries is widely seen as an attempt of the US to encircle China and will only provoke China to be more assertive in defending its claims."