VFA with Australia serves US military hegemonism in Asia-Pacific--CPP

CPP Information Bureau
July 27, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today condemned the ratification of the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA) with Australia which provides the Australian military access to Philippine seaport and airport facilities. "As an unabashed military puppet and proxy of the US government in the Asia-Pacific, the Australian military launches overseas operations which serve the power projection and hegemonist objectives of the US military."

"It is the US government that has been pushing the Aquino regime to ratify the SOVFA because it needs the Australian military to have access to the Philippines," said the CPP. The SOVFA with Australia has been pending in the Senate since 2007 and was ratified that year by the Australian parliament. Benigno Aquino III pushed for the ratification of the SOVFA in December 2010. It was ratified last Tuesday by the Philippine Senate in a 17-1 vote.

The CPP cited that Australian military forces have been mobilized in most of the US' overseas operations since World War II from the US interventionist war in Korea and Vietnam in the 1950s to the 1970s, to the Gulf Wars in the 1990s and the war against Afghanistan in recent years.

"In having the SOVFA with Australia, the Philippine and Australian governments are again serving as willing pawns of the US military in its drive to project American military, economic and political power in the Asia-Pacific region," added the CPP.

"The US drive to increase its military presence in the Asia-Pacific region amplifies its need US to strengthen its military ties with Australia, and have it serve as a base for the operations of the American war machinery," added the CPP. In December 2011, the US and Australian governments signed an agreement allowing the US to set up a military base in the northernmost tip of Australia that will serve 2,500 US troops, the biggest deployment of American troops in that country since the Second World War.