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In The Press Posted on August 23rd, 2009.
Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza however said the soldiers must leave since their presence is a blatant intervention in the internal affairs of the country.
“In fact, their decision to continuously deploy U.S. soldiers in the Philippines not only violates our sovereignty but it also puts our national security under threat. We do not need G.I. Joes to fight our own battles,” Maza said.
“What is their real mission in the country? After the Philippine Senate rejected the treaty extending the stay of US military bases in the country in 1991, US troops have been constantly deployed since 2002 under the pretext of civilian-military operations and counterterrorism trainings,” Maza said.
“Harap-harapan na tayong pinagsasamantalahan ngunit pinamumukna pa sa atin na tayo pa ang may utang na loob sa U.S. dahil umano sa mga humanitarian missions nila. Hindi mga bobo at mangmang ang mga Pilipino para maniwalang walang malaking kapalit sa sabwatang ito ni GMA at ng U.S.” she added.