CPP denounces AFP for defense of EDCA

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

July 29, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for its "defense of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) which tramples on Philippine national sovereignty by paving the way for the reestablishment of US military bases and facilities in the country."

"The AFP is proving itself to be the bastion of indefatigable defenders of US imperialist intervention and dominance in the Philippines in asserting that the Philippines needs the EDCA," said the CPP.

Over the weekend, newly-appointed AFP chief Gen. Pio Catapang defended the agreement after an impeachment complaint was filed against Benigno Aquino III for culpable violation of the 1987 constitution over the signing of the EDCA. The EDCA was signed last April between the Aquino and US governments.

The AFP chief insisted that the EDCA will enhance the capability of the armed forces in humanitarian operations.

The CPP condemned the AFP chief "for using the recent disasters in a desperate appeal to the emotions to justify the Aquino regime's sellout and complete surrender of Philippine sovereignty to the US government".

"It is utterly reprehensible how the US military and its apologists in the AFP and Aquino government are using humanitarian operations as a soft-sell tactic to entice the Filipino people into accepting the reestablishment of US military bases and the heightened presence and intervention of US military troops in the country," added the CPP.

"Officials of the AFP, who have been indoctrinated with US-designed ideological training modules are blindly defending the EDCA in outright disregard of Philippine national sovereignty," pointed out the CPP.

Under the EDCA, the AFP is set to allow US military forces to establish military bases and facilities within its camp in so-called "agreed locations" from where foreign troops can carry out any and all types of operations and gain access to Philippine roads, sea ports, airports and other facilities.

"Among a myriad of AFP camps, the US is especially interested in gaining access to naval camps in Palawan such as those in Oyster and Ulugan Bays. The US has even helped finance the upgrade of these bases in order to accomodate large US naval ships within its docks," said the CPP.

"With the EDCA, not only can the US government carry out all-out military and political intervention in the Philippines, but also make use of the country as a platform for intervention and aggression against other countries, especially in Asia," said the CPP.