Expose the "humanitarian" pretense of US military intervention--CPP

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

April 22, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced the US military and the Philippine armed forces for invoking the terms "humanitarian mission" and "disaster response" in carrying out its activities in Legazpi City, Albay, saying it was a pretense to camouflage heightening US interventionist military operations in the Philippines.

Around 2,500 US troops will be arriving in the Philippines for the 30th Balikatan exercises scheduled on May 5-16. Various military exercises will be conducted in Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Albay, Palawan, Leyte and other sites.

Yesterday, at least 200 US troops were deployed in Legazpi City to conduct "humanitarian activities" in preparation for the Balikatan exercises. According to press statements by the AFP, the US soldiers repaired a classroom and conducted medical, dental and veterinary services.

"These so-called humanitarian activities conducted by the US military in Albay yesterday are nothing but  publicity stunts to make the upcoming large-scale deployment of US troops for military operations and exercises more palatable to the Filipino people," pointed out the CPP.

"Repairing a classroom and providing medical services are mere tokens involving a few thousand dollars in the context of tens of millions of dollars set to be spent for livefire operations, combat maneuvers, flying drones, intelligence gathering and building facilities to accommodate the growing number of US troops being stationed in the Philippines," said the CPP.

"The Balikatan series is a front for carrying out large-scale military intervention in the Philippines," said the CPP. "With it, large numbers of US combat troops, naval warships, military helicopters and jet fighters are able to freely sail and fly within Philippine sovereign waters and airspace. US nuclear-capable warships are also able to freely enter Philippine waters, even if such is prohibited under the 1987 Philippine constitution," added the CPP.

"Through the Balikatan exercises, the US military is able to further strengthen its doctrinal and operational influence over the Philippine military. It is able to set the direction of the so-called modernization program of the Philippine armed forces which to a large part is comprised of discounted purchases of obsolete US weaponry and war materiƩl," said the CPP.