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Maza Files Resolution Seeking Inquiry on the Deployment of 600 U.S. Soldiers for Counterinsurgency Operations
Photo Story Posted on August 24th, 2009.
Rep. Liza Maza of Gabriela Women's Party today filed House Resolution No. 1335 directing the House of Representatives Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defense to conduct an inquiry into the move of the U.S and Philippine Governments to keep an elite force of 600-U.S. soldier counterinsurgency operation deployed in the Philippines.
Maza said that this move shows a clear proof of the U.S. meddling in the internal affairs of our land. She reiterated that the mere presence of U.S. troops is a glaring violation of the 1987 Constitution. She cited Article XVIII Sec.25 of the Constitution that prohibits foreign military bases, troops and facilities in the absence of an enforceable treaty.
"Even under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), U.S. military forces are not allowed to stay in the country for counterinsurgency operations," Maza said.
Maza also recalled that at the height of military bases in the Philippines from 1985-1991, around 50,000 women have been prostituted in Olongapo and Angeles City. She also said that continued presence of U.S. troops has resulted to the proliferation of prostitution and violence against women and children.
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