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Partylist solons seek probe on 'US troop presence' in Luisita
In The Press Posted on November 12th, 2010.
Three partylist lawmakers have asked for a congressional inquiry into the alleged presence of US troops in Hacienda Luisita.
Gabriela Reps. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus and Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said they have been receiving reports that American military personnel were seen making rounds at the Aquino-owned sugar plantation, which allegedly will be among the venues for the upcoming Balikatan US-RP military exercises.
In filing House Resolution 605, the legislators wanted the House committees on foreign affairs and national security and defense to probe the veracity of the reports, know the role of US troops in counter-insurgency operations, and their possible impact on the farm workers’ safety and continuing struggle for land.
The three partylist members of the House also asked the committees to recommend measures towards the immediate suspension of joint US-RP military exercises in the area and the abrogation of the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement that allows such exercises involving foreign troops.