US radar, intelligence operations in Philippines violate Philippine sovereignty--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
June 13, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the US and Aquino governments for plans of setting up a radar system along Philippine coastlines to engage in naval intelligence saying "allowing a foreign military to undertake intelligence operations within the country violate Philippine sovereignty."

In a recent meeting with key American state and defense officials, Benigno Aquino agreed to allow the US government to setup a National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) with the Philippine government which will conduct naval intelligence, especially in the South China Sea area. In a statement yesterday, the Pentagon confirmed it will provide a land-based radar to boost US naval intellgence operations.

"Allowing the US military or any other foreign militaries for that matter to conduct any sort of intelligence operation within Philippine territory violate Philippine sovereignty," said the CPP. "That such operations have the consent of the puppet Aquino regime makes it even worse."

In a statement yesterday marking the 1898 Declaration of Independence, the CPP condemned the Aquino regime for "completely lacking a sense of national integrity" in continuing to allow the US military to conduct combat, intelligence and training operations within the Philippines. A few months ago, Aquino himself declared that he supports the US air force in its conduct of drone-intelligence operations over Philippines airspace.

"In allowing the US government to conduct aerial, land-based or naval intelligence operations within the scope of Philippine territory is to allow the US imperialist government to use Philippine soil, water and air for its ultra-national drive to build its hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region and use such power against any country it deems a threat or impediment to its dominance."

"Such is an outright surrender of the country's right to self-determination and a grave insult to the freedom-loving Filipino people," said the CPP.