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GPH As De Facto US Military Base With Aquino’s Invitation for More US Troops, Ships – GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Press Release Posted on March 21st, 2012.
Rep. Emmi De Jesus 0917-3221203 Rowena Festin 0915-6349308
“The outright invitation for increased US military training exercises in the Philippines and more frequent dockings by US navy ships in our ports makes President Aquino a co-conspirator to the rape of our national sovereignty. This is US neocolonization in a not-so-subtle form,” said GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus on President Aquino’s announcement that more US troops would be welcome to rotate through the country.
“The Philippine Constitution does not allow permanent berthing in any form within the country, but with the President’s declaration that US ships can come, that they can increase their number of personnel, it will turn the whole country into one big US military base,” said De Jesus.
De Jesus further stressed that women have witnessed how the US military violated the rights of our women and children in the course of their stay. Despite the abuses, these US military men manage to escape punishment as in the case of L/Cpl Daniel Smith who was found guilty of raping Nicole; of Pvt. Reggie Lane who shot Buyong-buyong Isnijal in Sulu; as well as the case of US MSgt Ron Berg who ordered the arbitrary closure of the Panamao district hospital.
“In exchange for F-16 fighter jets, patrol vessels, transport aircraft and radar system, the President is opening doors for women and children to be more vulnerable to violence. Only a puppet mendicant President will allow all these. We call on the President to honor the Philippine Constitution by immediately abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement and putting an end to the US military intervention,” ended De Jesus.