#BlackFridayProtest | Martial Law, diri kabatunan para makab-ot an kamurayawan para ha katawhan han Mindanao – BAYAN SB

Pahayag han Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Sinirangan Bisayas ha Adlaw han Black Friday Protest

BAYANEV BlackFriday Protest
Mga alyado nga organisasyon han Bayan Sinirangan Bisayas naglansar hin rally kadugan han nasyunal nga #BlackFridayProtest. Photo (c) Kelvin Tonzon Facebook account

PRESS STATEMENT
MAY 26, 2017

MARTIAL LAW, DIRI KABATUNAN PARA MAKAB-OT AN KAMURAYAWAN PARA HA KATAWHAN HAN MINDANAO – BAYAN SINIRANGAN BISAYAS

Hugot nga ginkukundenar han Bayan Sinirangan Bisayas (BAYAN-SB) an pagdestroso, pagsunog ngan pag-okupar han mga pasilidad ha mga komunidad nga binuhatan han Maute group nga nagresulta hin kahibang han mga kinabuhi ngan pakabuhi, sugad man ha kadislokar han yinukot-yukot nga katawhan han Marawi.

Pero, hugot nga gintitipahan han BAYAN-SB an deklarasyon ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte nga Martial Law ha bug-os nga isla han Mindanao, kahuman han nagin enkwentro giutan han tropa han Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ngan Maute group ha siyudad han Marawi.

Dako an tahap nga an deklarasyon han Martial Law in pitad nga nahimugna tungod han kunsabuhay han imperyalismo nga US ngan an mga lokal nga mga niyutiyo hini sugad kan DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana ngan an pira pa nga mga pasista nga elemento ha gabinete ni Duterte. Ha pagpatuman hin balaud militar, igin-abre hini an dako nga posibilidad ha pagsingabot han mga pasista nga elemento han estado ha ira gahum pampulitika-militar, nga nahitatabo bisan pa man hadton waray pa igdeklara an Martial Law.

Mahibabaruan nga sobra 8,000 na an pinanmatay tungod han “drug war” ngan mga insidente hin pagkaso, pagdakop han mga gintatahapan nga kaaway han gobyerno. Halaba na gihap an rekord han AFP ngan han Philippine National Police (PNP) ha pagtalapas han tawhanon nga katungod.

Ha pag-intindi ha kamutangan han kagubot ha Mindanao, diri angay hingalimtan han katawhan nga an imperyalista nga US asya an numero uno nga terorista ha bug-os nga kalibutan. Ginhimo ngan gin-armasan han US an mga IS groups ngan Abu Sayyaf para tagan hin rason an iya interbensiyon militar ha mga nasud kun diin mayda hiya dako nga interes ha karukayaknon han ekonomiya.

Sugadman han katatapos pala nga ika-33 nga Balikatan Exercises nganhi ha Sinirangan Bisayas, ini nga presente nga panhitabo ha Marawi City in usa nga perpekto nga oportunidad nga sisingabuton han imperyalista nga US ngan mersernaryo nga AFP para pakusgon ngan himuon nga lehitimo an ira mga opensiba kontra ha tanan nga pwersa ha Mindanao, ma-terorista man o diri.

Diri angay hingalimtan han katawhan nga an padayon nga gerra ha Mindanao in resulta han pira ka-dekada nga pananalumpigos han imperyalista nga mga nasud ha pangunguna han US ngan han mga lokal nga naghahadi nga klase. Padayon nga ginhihikawan an aton mga kabugtuan nga Moro han ira katungod nga magdesisyon para ha ira kalugaringon nga kagawasan hini nga mga pwersa.

#BlackFridayProtest in Tacloban City
Photo (c) Kelvin Tonzon Facebook account

Kinahanglan kitaon ni Duterte nga damo an mga armado nga grupo ha Mindanao sugad han New People’s Army, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ngan Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) nga kaistorya han gobyerno ha peace talks. Posible ini makaguba o mahingadto ha mas tikagrabe nga gerra ha Mindanao ngan ha bug-os nga Pilipinas.

Diri solusyon an pasista ngan militarista nga pagresolba han krisis panseguridad ha siyudad han Marawi. Sanglit, angay nga dagmit bulkason ni Duterte an iya deklarasyon han Martial Law. Diri angay hingalimtan han katawhan nga samtang diri nareresolba an ugat han gerra sibil, diri la ha Mindanao kundi ha bug-os nga nasud, diri makakab-ot an tinuod ngan panmaihaan nga kamurayawan.#

KATUNGOD PANTAWO, RESPETUHAN!
ATUHAN AN TERORISMO NGAN PASISMO KONTRA KATAWHAN!
MARTIAL LAW, DIRI SOLUSYON HA KAGUBOT HA MINDANAO!
NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW!

#
StandWithMarawi

#JustPeace
#NeverAgain
#DownWithUSImperialism

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Martial Law will not bring peace to the people of Mindanao – BAYAN EV

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PRESS STATEMENT
MAY 24, 2017

MARTIAL LAW WILL NOT BRING PEACE TO THE PEOPLE OF MINDANAO – BAYAN EASTERN VISAYAS

BAYAN Eastern Visayas declared opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law for the entire island of Mindanao in light of the siege involving troops of the Armed Forces of the Filipinos and the Maute group in the city of Marawi.

“The declaration of Martial Law is suspiciously an orchestrated response masterminded by US imperialism and its local running dogs such as DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and many fascist elements in the Duterte cabinet. Instead of restoring peace, Martial Law will open not only Marawi City but the entirety of Mindanao to state security forces notorious for human rights violations,” said Rey Miranda, Bayan Eastern Visayas (Bayan-EV) Secretary General.

Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. He is bound to return home today, cutting short his official trip in Russia.

“Let us not forget that US has crafted and armed IS groups and the Abu Sayyaf Group to justify its military intervention not just here in the Philippines but all throughout the world. Like the recently concluded 33rd Balikatan Exercises here in Eastern Visayas, the crisis situation in Marawi City is a ticket for US’ local war hawks and the mercenary AFP to legitimize and intensify their operations against all forces in Mindanao, “terrorist” or not,” added Miranda.

Meanwhile, Bayan EV has condemned the destruction and occupation of civilian facilities attributed to the Maute group.
“The various struggles in Mindanao are borne out of decades-old oppression and exploitation and the denial of the right to self-determination of the Moro peoples. Ekonomya pa rin ang usapin dito. Duterte must abandon the militarist response to the situation in Mindanao and instead redirect the government’s efforts to forge just and lasting peace by resolving the roots of all armed conflicts in the country,” ended Miranda.
Bayan EV is set to hold a mass action for peace today in Tacloban City.#

MARTIAL LAW, DIRI SOLUSYON HA KAGUBOT HA MINDANAO!
#StandWithMarawi #JustPeace #NeverAgain #DownWithUSImperialism

 

Reference:

REY MIRANDA
Secretary General
Bayan Sinirangan Bisayas
Contact info: 09295551343

Tipahan an Balikatan 2017 ha tahob han HADR training – Bayan SB

bayansbNEWS RELEASE
May 12, 2017

Balikatan 2017 ha tahob han HADR trainings , gintitipahan han mga patriyotiko nga grupo

Naglansar hin usa nga gios-protesta kanina han alas singko han kulop ha Rizal Avenue ha syudad han Tacloban an mga progresibo nga grupo ha pangunguna han Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Sinirangan Bisayas para ipakita an ira pagtipa ha iginlalansar nga Balikatan 2017 exercises ha siyudad han Ormoc ha Leyte ngan Guiuan ha Eastern Samar. Iginbuksas han militante nga alyansa an mapan-uwat nga ehersisyo-militar han US ha nasud Pilipinas ha tahob han humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) trainings.

Pormal nga nagtikang an Balikatan exercises yana nga tuig dida han Mayo 8 ngan nakatalaan ini nga magtapos dida ha Mayo 19. Sumala ha mga report, hi Presidente Duterte na mismo an nag-suhestyon nga humanitarian assistance an magin sentro han ika-33 nga RP-US Balikatan yana nga tuig. Kasumpay hini, nakatalaan nga mag-ayad hin mga eskwelahan ngan maghatag hin mga serbisyo sosyal an mga visiting forces ha Ormoc ngan Guiuan. Sumala naman ha mga tag-protesta, usa la ini nga pag-kondisyon han US agud utro nga umabuyon an katawhan Pilipino nga mag-base hira ha nasud Pilipinas.

“Pagbulig” para han interes han US, kontra ha katawhan

Sumala ha People Surge, alyansa han mga biktima han mga kalamidad, diri kabalyo han mga ayuda nga iginhahatag han US ha mga biktima han mga daguraot an soberanya han nasud Pilipinas. Mahinunumduman nga ginpirmahan ni hadto Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin ngan US Ambassador Philip Goldberg an Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, nga nagtutugot ha mga sundalo han US nga mag-base ha Pilipinas ngan libre nga gumamit han mga rekurso, lima la kabulan matapos lasurbuhon han superbagyo Yolanda an Sinirangan Bisayas.

Pira ka adlaw naman ugsa an ika-tulo nga anibersaryo han superbagyo Yolanda, iginpahinumdom naman han US Navy an ira paspas ngan aktibo nga pagbulig ha mga lugar nga naapektuhan han kalamidad komo pagbaton han mga hadto kritisismo ni Duterte kontra kan anay US President Barack Obama ngan han naghulga hiya hin pagpa-iwas ha mga sundalo han US ha nasud.

Basar han pahayag ni People Surge Secretary General Marissa Cabaljao, gingagamit han US, an numero uno nga contributor ha natatabo nga Climate Change, an mga kalamidad para himuon nga lehitimo an ira pagbase ha sulod han nasud ha tahub hin “pagbulig” ngan “pag-responde”. Dugang pa niya, nagpapabilin nga an paghut-hot ha katawhan Pilipino an rason han kada taglagudti nga “maupay” nga pitad nga gin-hihimo han US.

Gintudlok naman han tagapagyakan han Gabriela – Eastern Visayas nga hi Gina de Veyra an sunud-sunod nga Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs han US ngan han mga burukrata kapitalista han nasud matapos an mga nahimo nga “pagbulig” han US ha mga biktima han Yolanda.

“Nagpapakita la ini nga diri nga diri para ha interes han katawhan an ginhihimo nga pagbulig han mga kano kundi para la gihapon ha ira kalugaringon nga interes ha ekonomiya”, pagmalatumat ni de Veyra.

US, may baratunon pa ha katawhan han Sinirangan Bisayas

Utro nga iginpahinumdom han League of the Filipino Students – Metro Tacloban Chapter ha katawhan han Sinirangan Bisayas an mga pan-aabuso ngan krimen han US ha rehiyon. Usa na hini dinhi an natabo nga pagmasaker ha maabot singkwenta mil (50,000) nga mga sibilyan ha Balangiga ha pamaagi nira nga “scorge the earth!” kun diin ginpatay an mga kalalakin-an nga na-edad hin diyes anyos pa-igbaw. Maabot naman hin 150 nga mga residente han Calbiga ha Weste han Samar an ginpanmatay han mga sundalo han Estados Unidos dida han tuig 1900.

“Sukwahi han igin-eedukar ha aton ha eskwelahan pinaagi han presente nga neoliberal nga sistema han edukasyon ha nasud, waray bisan san-o nag-protehir an imperyalista nga US han aton interes lugod ira la gin-siguro an ira makusog nga impluwensiya ha nasud Pilipinas”, sumala kan Mira Legion, LFS – Metro Tacloban Chairperson.

Padayon man liwat an panunukot han Gabriela ha brutal nga panhitabo kan Jennifer Laude, usa nga transgender nga ginpatay hin usa nga US Marine nga hi Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton nga naka-base ha Pilipinas pinaagi han VFA-EDCA. Pagmalatumat ni de Veyra, diri harayo nga mautro ini nga panhitabo bisan pa man ha proklamasyon nga diri igintutugot ha mga visiting forces an paggawas ha ira mga kampo kun waray upod nga AFP personnel.

Pagpaiwas ha mga tropa han kano, iginpanawagan

Natindog an Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Sinirangan Bisayas nga diri dapat tugutan an presensya han mga sundalo han Estados Unidos ha nasud tungod nga usa ini nga dako nga pagtalapas ha igindeklara nga soberanya han nasud Pilipinas.

“Pinaagi han diri patas nga kasarabutan giutan han gobyerno han Pilipinas ngan US sugad nala han Visiting Forces Agreement ngan EDCA, naghahatag na kita hin katugutan ha imperyalista nga nasud nga manginlabot ha aton domestic affairs”, pagmalatumat ni Bayan – Sinirangan Bisayas Secretary General Rey Miranda.

Dugang pa niya, nahihimutang ha kadelikaduhan an nasud Pilipinas pinaagi han pagbase han mga numero uno nga terorista ha bug-os nga kalibutan. Gin-tagan man liwat niya hin duon an presente nga paghulga han North Korea nga andam hira bweltahan an mga base-militar han US nga naka-posisyon ha mga alyado hini nga nasud sugad han Pilipinas para la depensahan an ira kalugaringon nga nasud kontra ha agresyon han nasud. Ginpapaduroy man daw liwat nira an tensyon giutan ha Pilipinas ngan Tsina hiunong ha West Philippine Sea.

Dugang pa han Bayan-SB nga ulang gihap ha pagkab-ot hin tinuod nga kamurayawan an US labi na nga amo ini an numero uno nga nananabotahe han iristorya pangkamurayawan giutan han gobyerno han Pilipinas ngan han makawala nga grupo nga National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) sumala ha Kamurayawan, nagduduso han Just and Lasting Peace nga kampanya. “Mapapamatud-an ini pinaagi han ira direkta nga paggiya han presente nga kontra-insurhensiya nga programa han Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) nga Oplan Kapayapaan nga gintatahuban gihap hin Community Development Projects”, sumala kan Kamurayawan Spokesperson Joshua Sagdullas.

Ha katapusan, gin-ayat ni Miranda hi Presidente Duterte nga tindugan an iya mga pulong kontra-US ngan an iya mga proklamasyon nga pabor unta ha interes han katawhan. Iya man liwat iginpanawagan ha katawhan han Sinirangan Bisayas ngan han bug-os nga nasud nga maging mabinantayon ha mga mapan-uwat nga pitad han Estados Unidos.###

Reference:
Rey Miranda
Secretary General
Bayan Sinirangan Bisayas

Disaster survivors burn US flag; call on Digong to stop impending war games in Ormoc City

 

Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda burned a mock flag of the United States near its embassy in Manila, condemning the use of disaster aid as justification for the continued presence of the US military in the country, particularly the impending war games in Ormoc City next year. “We have seen again and again, that the United States has touted their supposed benevolence during disasters to stealthily parallel their military interests in the Pacific,” said Rey Miranda, Secretary General of patriotic group Bayan Eastern Visayas.

The Balikatan exercises is set to be staged in Ormoc City on April 2017. Bayan EV claims that the medical mission and humanitarian assistance to be conducted together with the war games is a tool to masquerade the aggressive geo-military motives of the United States.

Miranda also called on President Duterte to stay true to his anti-imperialist pronouncements and earlier declaration of ending the joint war exercises between the country and the United States. “I thought you said, it was the last?” asked Miranda. “The people of Eastern Visayas know all too well that the United States is not a friend but a viciously two-faced enemy. The US troops who massacred 50,000 civilians in Balangiga and the entire Samar in their pacification campaign in 1901 are no different from the US troops who are here today in the name of US imperialist hegemony,” declared Miranda.

Bayan Eastern Visayas calls on Duterte to finally depart from a foreign policy subservient to the US particularly with the past Aquino regime’s signing of the lopsided Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the US using its response to Yolanda as sugarcoat. In Eastern Visayas after the November 2013 Yolanda supertyphoon, the matter of humanitarian assistance/disaster response through the Pacific Partnership 2014 (PP14) was included to justify the prolonged stay of US troops and the use of civilian airports and seaports to accommodate US military craft. “The United States disaster response enables military expansion and dominance in a rather soft and naturalized approach through a throng of rhetoric, entitled beliefs and sinister practices,” added Miranda.

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“We hope that President Duterte’s commendable words against US imperialism will not end up as rhetoric, but ultimately transform to pro-people, pro-sovereignty policies. Turning to the side of the Filipino people is very much welcome, but flip-flops favoring the foreign imperialists will unleash an intensified fury of the people against another puppet Philippine president,” concluded Miranda.

Reference:

REY MIRANDA
Secretary General, Bayan Eastern Visayas
0929-555-1343
bayansb@gmail.com

US troops benevolent presence, humanitarian assistance in PH a Trojan horse

Press Release
October 16, 2014
US troops benevolent presence, humanitarian assistance in PH a Trojan horse

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan formation in Eastern Visayas (Bayan-EV) expressed today its support for the family of slain transgendered woman Jeffrey/Jennifer Laude in their battle for justice. A US Marine personnel based in Subic is once again suspect for the said killing. Bayan-EV Secretary Genera; Rey Miranda said that the brutal killing of Laude, whose family hails from the Yolanda-ravaged province of Leyte, proves that the continuing presence of US troops in the Philippines is not a boon but a bane to the Filipino people.

“US imperialism has never been a friend of the Filipino people, and that is the historical truth the people of Eastern Visayas know all too well,” said Miranda. “The US troops who massacred 50,000 civilians in Balangiga and the entire Samar in their colonizing campaign in 1901 are no different from the US troops who are here today in the name of US imperialist hegemony.”

Bayan-EV noted the US has used its troops for non-military purposes to further its strategic interests throughout the world since the 1990s but especially in the new millennium. “In doing ‘friendly military exercises‘ and humanitarian missions in various places in the country, it was found to be beneficial for US diplomacy to use troops for non-military work to raise American prestige, while still ensuring political, economic, and military goals.”

“To note, the US took advantage of the 2004 Asian tsunami to solidify its ties to the Indonesian government and seal arms deals. During the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, US troops were deployed to soothe the people’s outrage over the abusive presence of the US military on Okinawa. Only lately, US troops have been sent to the oil-rich Western Africa region because of the Ebola epidemic. There is no altruism behind all these, only the self-serving interests of US imperialism. Benevolence through humanitarian assistance/disaster response is merely the Trojan horse of the US military,” adds Miranda.

The US and the Aquino regime, Bayan-EV said, also collaborated to ensure the non-termination of the lopsided Visiting Forces Agreement which allows the US to take custody of erring US servicemen including the suspect to the recent killing. The VFA precedes the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) passed by the Aquino government. “In the same weight as the VFA, the EDCA blatantly violates Philippine sovereignty by turning our country into a virtual US military base. Particularly in Eastern Visayas after the November 2013 Yolanda supertyphoon, the matter of humanitarian assistance/disaster response through the Pacific Partnership 2014 (PP14) was included to justify the prolonged stay of US troops and the use of civilian airports and seaports to accommodate US military craft.”

Bayan-EV said the Filipino people must reject the Trojan horse of US military benevolence The Aquino government which gave license for the massive entry of US troops especially after Yolanda, ensured the passage of the EDCA and the persistence of the VFA, deserves the people’s condemnation. “Aquino betrayed our national sovereignty and continues to allow impunity to reign over the case of Laude. The VFA and EDCA must be terminated. It is extremely obnoxious for pretenders to deny the crimes of the US military in the Philippines. This case, among others, is an added reason for the people to oust a treasonous government that has long sold out Filipinos to foreign predators,” ends Miranda.

Reference:

Rey Miranda
Secretary General
Bayan Eastern Visayas
09107002353

US Pacific Partnership 2014 exploits ‘Yolanda’ missions for war exercises in Eastern Visayas – Bayan EV

BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN – EASTERN VISAYAS
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MEDIA RELEASE
July 3, 2014

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) formation in Eastern Visayas condemns today the ongoing naval exercises of the United States under the US Pacific Partnership (PP) 2014 being conducted since the month of June off the coast of Tacloban City. Bayan Eastern Visayas spokesperson Pol Escalona condemns the pro-US President Benigno Simeon Aquino “for exploiting the issue of Yolanda to facilitate the US’ permanent basing in Philippine territories, a violation of the constitution and national sovereignty.”

Bayan Eastern Visayas said that the US PP 2014 under the direction of US Admiral and US Pacific Fleet commander Harry B. Harris, Jr. exploit humanitarian missions to strengthen the United States’ economic hegemony in the Pacific in a rebalancing of 60% of its military might towards the Asia-Pacific region by the year 2020.

Last April 2014, President Benigno Simeon Aquino railroaded the passage of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) despite its “clear lopsided provisions in favor of the US which has virtually converted the whole country as a permanent US military base. US military drones, nuclear weapons-carrying submarines and warships can freely navigate and dock in any port of any ‘agreed location’ in the Philippines. This violates the constitution but Philippine authorities under EDCA cannot inspect any of the US’ facilities and carrier.”

“For failure to expedite relief assistance after the onslaught of Yolanda and for continuing negligence to look after the welfare of thousands hungry, jobless and suffering survivors in Eastern Visayas, Aquino is yet to be made accountable. In an effort to conceal his criminal negligence, the Aquino government has been riding on in relief and rehabilitation assistance being provided by international NGOs. The US PP14 has taken advantage of both the calamity and government neglect-induced suffering in Yolanda areas to gain acceptability from token assistance they provide,” adds Escalona.

From July 5-14 in Tacloban City, US troops will hold humanitarian missions in Tacloban City, particularly in San Jose District Airport area.

Escalona adds, “The people of Tacloban and Eastern Visayas still need assistance, especially since the Aquino government failed to provide basic social services on health, shelter and education. But alongside this, we must expose the real motives behind this joint US-Aquino government’s machination to dupe the Yolanda survivors through token assistance. It is important that we unite and rise up to defend the sovereignty and account the Aquino government for its treachery and criminal negligence. It is still the government’s responsibility to provide for the people in terms of relief and rehabilitation.”

“Exploiting ‘relief and rehabilitation efforts’ as an excuse to facilitate more presence of US troops adds up to Aquino’s crime against the Yolanda survivors and the people. Genuine reconstruction and development will only happen if our country is sovereign and free from foreign exploitation. Meanwhile, genuine rehabilitation after the disaster is definitely not the US PP14’s main business. They engage in humanitarian activities to serve as media gimmick to sugarcoat war exercises in the region. Foreign troops must be out of the Philippines now! Oust the criminally negligent and treasonous Aquino regime!”

Reference: Pol Escalona,
Spokesperson,
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Eastern Visayas
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US takes advantage of calamity-stricken area to hold naval exercises violating Philippine sovereignty – BAYAN Eastern Visayas

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in Eastern Visayas today condemned the announcement of US Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Harry Harris, Jr., that the US and its allies will be holding naval exercises off Tacloban City this June.

“It is an insult to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) for foreign troops led by the US to carry out naval exercises violating national sovereignty in the guise of humanitarian and disaster response,” said Jun Berino, Bayan-EV secretary general.

He adds, “Such intentions smack of foreign military intervention to the Filipino people, who while welcoming international aid would like to make clear that Philippine sovereignty must be respected. It can be gleaned from Adm. Harris’s pronouncements that the planned naval exercises have nothing to do with humanitarianism but everything to do with maintaining US hegemony in the Philippines and Asia.”

Bayan-EV also said that the virtually permanent basing of US troops is already being cooked through continuing negotiations for the Framework Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation and Rotational Presence between the Philippines and the United States.

“The so-called Pacific Partnership 2014 (PP14) involving the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand is a thinly disguised war exercise. Adm. Harris made clear that enhancing defense cooperation among the US and its allies is PP14’s goal. The US is also pressing for the fast-tracking of the approval of the military agreement with the Philippine government for the enhanced presence and access of US troops. What little construction under PP14 they will do in the calamity area is to dupe the people through psywar and poor consolation for the violation of national sovereignty.”

Bayan-EV’s Berino called on the people of Tacloban and Eastern Visayas to oppose PP14 and the increasingly oppressive US military presence in the country. “The US troops are unwelcome in the region for their violation of national sovereignty. They did not significantly contribute after Yolanda other than showing off their might and ensuring media gimmicks to falsely show them as saviors of the people.

The Aquino government should be condemned for selling out the country’s sovereignty to ensure its continuing backing by the Obama government despite various issues rocking the administration. But we in Eastern Visayas stand and say: No to the Pacific Partnership 2014 naval exercises! No to the Framework Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation and Rotational Presence between the Philippines and the United States! US troops, out now!” [PRESS RELEASE, February 26, 2014]

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