CPP condemns US custody of Subic killing suspect, demands VFA abrogation 

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

December 18, 2014
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) issued the following statement condemning the US position yesterday to retain custody of its marine serviceman Joseph Scott Pemberton who has been issued a warrant of arrest over the killing of Filipina Jennifer Laude last October 11 in Olongapo City:

The CPP joins the Filipino people in condemning the US government and military for rejecting the Philippine government's request to have custody of US marine serviceman Joseph Scott Pemberton who has been indicted for the murder of Jennifer Laude.

The freedom-loving Filipino people condemn the Aquino government for its torpid response to the contemptuous US position and refusal to assert full Philippine jurisdiction over the murder case beyond the confines set the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Like dejected minions, Aquino's officials failed to go beyond expressing "disappointment" over the position of the US government to retain custody of Pemberton.

That the VFA has again prevented the Philippine government from exercising full jurisdiction over a criminal case involving a US serviceman demonstrates once more that it is an overwhelmingly lopsided agreement favoring the US military and is violative of Philippine sovereignty.

The Filipino people repudiate the Aquino regime's spineless position. By acceding to the position of the US government, Aquino has not only failed the Laude family who continue to suffer from the tragic loss of Jennifer at the hands of an American serviceman; but has also shown zero respect for the Filipino people's national dignity.

The CPP supports the Filipino people's demand for the immediate abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement as well as all other lopsided agreements such as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and the Mutual Defense Treaty and for an end to US military presence in the Philippines.