CPP opposes joint naval exercises in Mindanao

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
July 02, 2012 

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) protested the July 2-10 joint naval exercises between the US military and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to be conducted off the coast of Sarangani Bay in General Santos. Dubbed as Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012, the joint exercises will involve the USNS Vandergrift, USNS Safeguard and the US Coast Guard mobile salvage unit USCG Waesche as well as Philippine Navy ships BRP Magat Salamat, Miguel Malvar, Salvador Abcede, and coastal patrol craft BRP Teotimo Figuracion.

"The joint naval exercises form part of the heightened military interventionist efforts of the US in the Philippines," said the CPP. "This is in line with its objective of using the Philippines as a platform to strengthen its hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region."

"By conducting the naval exercises in Sarangani Bay, the US hopes to build up its presence in Mindanao with the objective of expanding its network of bases and ports providing access to US naval war ships stretching from the northern tip of Australia to southern China and up to the Korean peninsula," said the CPP.

"The US military is eyeing Sumbang Point in Glan, Sarangani Province as an additional naval base or naval access point that will provide it with the necessary facilities for repairs, resupply and rest and recreation for its troops," added the CPP.

"Such a naval access point in southern Mindanao will combine with the naval and air base facilities in Subic, Zambales and Clark Air Base in Pampanga, which the Aquino regime recently allowed the US military to access," added the CPP.

"The CPP supports the people of Sarangani in opposing the naval exercises and US plans to set up base in Sumbang Point. The protest actions to be conducted in Sarangani are an important expression of patriotism that will echo the Filipino people's demand to put a stop to US interventionism and oppose the Aquino regime's all-out puppetry to the US government."