Communist Party of the Philippines
June 22, 2012
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today chided the US government for "hypocrisy" after US Ambassador Harry Thomas yesterday said the US$2 million annual military aid to the Philippines that has been withheld can be released upon the arrest and prosecution of fugitive Gen. Jovito Palparan "to make it appear it is concerned with human rights and the Filipino people's clamor for justice".
"The US government and military is as guilty as the Arroyo, as well as the current Aquino regime, for the spate of extrajudicial killings from 2005-2010 where more than a thousand progressive activists as well as underground revolutionaries were summarily executed by death squads organized and directed by state security and military officials," said the CPP.
Palparan, who is among the AFP generals most commended by the Arroyo regime, was responsible for scores of killings and other violations of human rights and international humanitarian law when he was deployed to lead the Arroyo regime's campaign of military suppression in Mindoro, Samar and Central Luzon from 2004 to 2009. Since November 2011, General Palparan has been in hiding after a warrant of arrest was issued against him for the abduction and torture of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in 2006.
"The US government is making a big fuss about withholding US$2 million during the Arroyo regime to make it appear that it is sensitive to the issue of human rights violations in the Philippines," said the CPP. "The fact is, that the US government continually raised its military funding for the Arroyo regime, especially during the height of the campaign of extrajudicial killings from 2004-2009."
"The US$2 million military support withheld by the US is a drop in the bucket relative to the total military funding it extended to the Arroyo government," said the CPP.
The CPP pointed out that between 2001 and 2005, the Arroyo regime received US$145.8 million or an annual average of US$29 million in Foreign Military Financing (FMF). This was further raised to US$157.16 million in 2006-2009 or an annual average of US$32 million. In 2009, the Philippines had become the 12th largest recipient of US FMF and the biggest recipient of International Military Education and Training (IMET) funding among Asia-Pacific countries.
US FMF to the Philippines went down to US$11.9 million in 2010 as if the US government wanted to estimate the then newly-installed Aquino regime. "After seeing that the Aquino regime can be relied on to toe the US hegemonist line in the Asia-Pacific, the US has allocated more FMF to the Philippines, increasing it to US$15 million in 2011 and US$30 million in 2012."
"For more than a decade now, the US military has been stepping up its intervention in the Philippines in the name of the so-called global war against terror and has designated the country as a "major non-NATO ally"," said the CPP.
"The spate of extrajudicial killings which began with the US-designed Oplan Bantay Laya II in 2004 was clearly patterned after Operation Phoenix which the US conducted in Vietnam in the 1970s," added the CPP. "The plain objective of the campaign of extrajudicial killings is to create an atmosphere of terror against the progressive and anti-imperialist mass movement," said the CPP.
"Extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the reactionary armed forces and its death squads continue under the Aquino regime as documented by human rights advocates," pointed the CPP.