Marking the June 12, 1898 declaration of independence in Kawit:
No real independence with foreign troops still on Philippine soil
June 12, 2012
■ Tulaang Bayan in Davao City ■ Marking June 12 in the USA
Photos courtesy of AMGL, Kalikasan
Partylist, Bayan USA,
LFS-Smr and Sarah Raymundo as indicated by the filenames
No real independence with foreign troops still on PH
“It is hypocritical for Aquino to say that his
government is fighting for new freedom when the exact opposite is
happening. This government wants to perpetuate our colonial and
neo-colonial past by allowing the stationing of foreign troops on
Philippine soil and by allowing foreign interests to dictate on our
economic development. Not just celebrations, Independence Day should
remind us of our people’s unfulfilled aspirations for genuine freedom,”
said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.
“The Aquino government is showing the people
that what we are experiencing now is sham independence. Aquino’s ‘tuwid na
daan’ rhetoric can’t hide the fact that we are constantly being taken
advantage of by foreign interests, mainly the US. We cannot enjoy
political and economic sovereignty when foreign interests and dictates
continue to dominate us. Aquino has been all too willing to have our
sovereignty undermined,” he added.
Bayan will lead protest actions tomorrow in
Manila to mark Independence Day. The group reiterated that it was against
any move to undermine the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,
“whether by the assertive actions of China in Panatag Shoal, or by the
more dangerous actions by US troops in the Philippines.”
The group also said that under Aquino, there
can be no freedom from poverty, no freedom from impunity and injustice, in
reference to the Independence Day speech of the president. It said that
poverty, hunger and unemployment were on the rise during the past few
“The legitimate cause of going after the
corrupt such as former president Arroyo has itself been undermined and
weakened by Aquino. While Aquino lauds his impeachment of the Chief
Justice, accountability remains elusive for many other victims of
corruption and gross human rights violations,” Reyes added.
“Let us continue to pay tribute to our
forefathers who fought colonial rule, even as we as a people strive for
genuine independence from all vestiges of neo-colonial rule,” he added.
In a recent meeting with US president Barrack
Obama, Aquino welcomed the US rebalancing of its forces towards Asia,
along with increased US military presence in the Philippines. This sets
the stage for more US military exercises, rotational deployment of troops
and port calls by US warships.
Aquino – Obama meeting to affirm neo-colonial ties –
Bayan chapters in the US have lined up a
series of protest actions during Aquino’s visit. On June 8 (Saturday
morning in Manila), Bayan-USA will stage a mass action in Washington D.C.
as Aquino and Obama hold their dialog. Activities have been set as well on
June 9-10, to also mark the 114th anniversary of the June 12 Philippine
“In a time when the Philippines should be
asserting its sovereignty and charting an independent foreign policy,
Aquino is groveling to the US for economic and military aid in exchange
for the transformation of the entire country into a US military outpost in
Southeast Asia. The US meanwhile has made a mockery of Philippine
sovereignty as its supposed ‘visiting troops’ have become permanent
fixtures in the country,” he added.
A flurry of activities has been held soon
after the US announced in January 3, 2012 that it was rebalancing its
troops towards Asia. Prior to the meeting between Aquino and Obama, Manila
and Washington held a PH-US Strategic Dialogue, a ministerial meeting
between the PH Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of National
Defense and the US State Department and Department of Defense, as well as
a quick visit by the chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey.
The US has announced plans for shifting 60% of
its warships to Asia, presumably to encircle a potential rival, China.
“There have been a lot of meetings the past
months to ensure that US troops will be rebalanced from other regions
towards Asia. The Philippines has been eyed for its strategic value for US
hegemonic interests in the region. They are bringing back more US troops
and more warships. It’s as if the bases are back in the country. We are
considered ‘important’ to the US because we allow our country to be used
to project US military power in the region. We are the doormat for US
troops in Southeast Asia, a convenient footstool for the US encirclement
of China. Apparently, the Philippine president has no qualms in the fact
that foreign troops are trampling on our sovereignty. ,” Reyes said.
“Aquino is expected to trumpet his
administration’s alleged gains in good governance, particularly in the
removal of the Supreme Court Chief Justice. He will use this to beg for
more economic and military aid from the US. The US government will in turn
require the Philippines to be more subservient to US dictates,” he added.
It has been announced that the Philippines may
get as much as $30 million in military aid this year, almost triple what
it got last year. Bayan decried as hypocritical Aquino’s complaint about
China’s incursions in Philippine territory while welcoming and allowing
the permanent presence of the US military in various parts of the country.
“There is nothing new Aquino’s foreign policy.
He has carried on the tradition of subservience exhibited by all past
presidents. He foolishly believes that Philippine and US interests are one
and the same and that by hanging on to the coattails of the US, we will
develop as a nation. He wrongly thinks the US will help us against China,
despite the fact that the US has not taken sides in the territorial
dispute and is not likely to engage China in a confrontation because of
huge US economic interests in China,” Reyes said.
Bayan also urged vigilance on moves by the Philippine government to join the US-led Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement which would be utilized as another free trade bloc outside the APEC. Aquino has expressed intent to join the trading bloc but Bayan warned that this could further undermine the Philippine economy. #
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Filipino people must renew nationalist fervor
against Aquino puppetry
It is ironic that the Filipino people today
mark the 114th anniversary of the June 12, 1898 Declaration of
Independence just a few days after Aquino paid homage to his imperialist
masters. In his meetings with imperialist chieftain Barrack Obma and key
security and defense officials of the US as well as the heads of the
biggest monopoly capitalist companies, Aquino expressed his government’s
willingness and determination to serve their needs in the name of
Emboldened by its recent consolidation of
political power, the ruling Aquino regime is now working to further
trample on Philippine national sovereignty by allowing the unimpeded
buildup of the number of interventionist and hegemonist US military troops
and in pushing ever more vigorously the breakdown of economic barriers
against all-out foreign plunder and exploitation.
Andres Bonifacio and the Filipino people’s
other revolutionary heroes are surely turning in their graves as the
banner of national freedom which they waved high is now being desecrated
by the Aquino regime and its coterie of Amboy officials. The so-called
“new freedom” being touted by Benigno Aquino III is nothing but empty
rhetoric to conceal the state of “unfreedom” which his government is
pulling the country into.
For two years now, Benigno Aquino has served
well the foreign policy direction of US imperialism to build an “American
Pacific Century” where it seeks to establish itself as an unrivalled
economic and military power in the Asia-Pacific region. US imperialist
officials have outrightly declared its aims of pouring “unprecedented
economic, diplomatic and military investment” in the Asia-Pacific region
as its solution to its prolonged economic crisis.
Ever the puppet, Aquino has openly welcomed
the arrival of more and more American ships to dock and unload its armed
troops onto Philippine soil. Goaded by his American advisers, Aquino has
gone the lengths of rousing diplomatic and military tensions with China
and sacrificing friendly relations with the Chinese government in order to
justify before the Filipino people increased American military presence in
the guise of support for Philippine claims over certain South China Sea
territories and land features.
Dockings of American warships and submarines
have been increasingly frequent especially over the past year. There have
been successive visits by high-ranking officials of the American defense
and military establishment. Over the past several months, officials of the
US and Philippine governments have been busy forging new agreements to
provide the US military with facilities for US warships, fighters jets,
military drones and soldiers on “rest and recreation.”
In a recent meeting with the Chairman of the
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Aquino gave assurances to
the US military that its forces will be given access to facilities in its
former military bases in Subic, Zambales and Clark, Pampanga. The US has
long sought to make use of its former naval and air base to accomodate the
increasing number of “rotational” American troops that will have similar
access arrangements in Australia, Singapore and other countries in the
region. Such arrangements with the Philippines will serve well the
recently declared intention of the US to redirect as much as 60% of its
foreign naval troops in the Asia-Pacific region.
At the same time, at least 700 interventionist
troops belonging to the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTFP)
continue to be permanently stationed in its headquarters inside an
exclusive zone of Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City. Soldiers belonging to
the JSOTFP carry out interventionist armed operations, participating
directly in counter-guerrilla operations or providing logistical,
intelligence and other technical support to operating troops of the AFP.
Through its officials attached to the JSOTFP,
the US military can direct the “counter-insurgency” operations of the
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) both at the strategic planning level
as well as in tactical operations. The Aquino regime has adapted almost to
the letter the 2009 Counterinsurgency Guide issued by the US Department of
State which gives premium to psywar and political gimmickry to cover up
the brutality of the war of suppression directed against the people and
their revolutionary forces.
The US military has long been conducting
aerial, satellite and electronic intelligence work in the Philippines from
which it gathers information to direct the AFP at the tactical level.
Earlier this year, American-supplied “smart bombs” were dropped by AFP
pilots in Basilan while being directed by US soldiers.
US interventionism is set to further heighten
with the plan to set up a satellite office of the New York Police
Department (NYPD) inside Camp Crame in the guise of “coordination against
terrorism.” In doing so, the US security and defense establishment can
more actively carry out intelligence operations within the Philippines and
direct as well the operations of the Philippine National Police. Recently,
the US government also declared it will work with the Philippine
government in setting up the National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) in order
to allow the US to conduct maritime surveillance.
Completely lacking a sense of national
integrity, the Aquino government does not see anything wrong in allowing a
foreign government to conduct combat, intelligence and training operations
within the Philippines. Aquino himself declared that he supports the US
air force in its conduct of drone-intelligence operations over Philippines
airspace, without any qualms that such operations violate the Philippine
territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Aquino’s subservience to US economic policy
The US military’s power-projection activities
in the Asia-Pacific region helps fortify its hegemonism and seeks to
prevent or contain the growth of China as a military power. At the core of
such a military strategy is the objective of influencing economic policy
in China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific and pave the way for US
companies to carry out heightened exploitation of cheap labor in the
By flexing its military muscle in the region,
the US seeks to further push the discredited neoliberal policies. It seeks
to make China further break up its state enterprises, a measure which the
US considers crucial in allowing US companies to more effectively
penetrate China. In the name of “freedom of navigation,” the US is
building up its military presence as a counterfoil to the military
cooperation between China and Russia and prevent the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization from effectively drawing the rest of the Asia-Pacific away
from US influence.
There is a growing trend of economic
cooperation outside the ambit and actively against US influence
characterized by multilateral and bilateral economic agreements among
Asia-Pacific countries. Despite US efforts in the past years, the US
initiative to build “free trade” agreements under the so-called
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has failed to gather a significant number
Less powerful imperialist and capitalist
countries and even some semicolonial countries see the need to broaden
their economic horizons beyond the US, which has been sliding on the path
of economic and industrial decline for the past several decades. Yet, the
Aquino regime has chosen to put all its efforts in support of the US by
agreeing to comply with the all-out liberalization requirements of joining
The anti-nationalist economic policies of the
Aquino regime further consist of increasing the tax burden on the people
while slashing budgetary appropriations on social spending, keeping wages
low while refusing to regulate oil prices and other key industries and
services and promoting education for cheap labor for both the domestic and
foreign employment markets. With World Bank sponsorship and financing, the
Aquino regime has engaged in a myopic doleout scheme that is both a cheap
publicity stunt and counterinsurgency psywar tack that purportedly
addresses poverty without actually addressing the people’s oppression and
exploitation which are at the root of their abject socio-economic
Raise high the banner of nationalism
Philippine sovereignty since the granting of
nominal independence in 1946 is a sham. For more than six and a half
decades, the Philippines has been under a neo-colonial state ruled over by
American-educated and colonial-minded politicians, bureaucrats and
technocrats. Aquino’s puppetry to US imperialist dictates and military
dominance underscore the absence of genuine national freedom and
Aquino’s claims of “freedom from poverty” as
the supposed fruit of his so-called “righteous path” is full of air and
completely baseless. Afer two years under Aquino’s US-imposed neoliberal
policies, the Filipino people are suffering more than ever from
unemployment, hunger and massive poverty.
In the face of the US-Aquino regime’s extreme
contempt for Philippine sovereignty, there is urgent need for the Filipino
people to reaffirm and reassert their nationalist aspirations and struggle
for national liberation and self-determination.
There must be a renewed vigor in upholding
nationalism or anti-imperialism. The people must oppose the
imperialist-sponsored notion that under a “globalized world,” nationalism
and the need to build a dynamic, self-reliant and industrialized economy
is an antiquated idea. Apologists of imperialism ignore the fact that the
imperialist countries and other secondary capitalist countries are among
the most zealous ultra-nationalists in terms of economic protectionism.
American officials have openly asserted that its drive to build an
“American Pacific Century” is in line with its national interests.
The Filipino people are in a crucial historic
juncture where upholding nationalism in the field of economic policy and
foreign relations is of utmost importance. US imperialism and their
puppets seek to extinguish the fire of Filipino nationalism. They
depreciate the meaning of nationalism to a narrow concept of pride for
national heritage or individual accomplishments by Filipinos.
Nationalism or anti-imperialism should be
brought to the core of the people’s mass struggles against oil price
increases by exposing foreign monopoly control of the oil industry; in
struggling for wage increases by exposing the policy of cheap labor as a
way of attracting foreing investments; in demanding greater social
subsidies by exposing the IMF-WB policies of deregulation and
privatization; in fighting the demolition of urban poor communities by
exposing the big foreign interests behind the Private-Public Partnership
program of the US-Aquino regime; and in demanding the abrogation of the
Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement by exposing US
military interventionism and the master-client relations between the US
imperialists and its puppet state.
The Filipino people, especially the young
generation, must look back to the Filipino people’s history of
revolutionary resistance and struggle for national freedom. They must
recall the all-out brutalities unleashed by the US against the Filipino
people in their attemmpt to suppress their revolutionary resistance. They
must give serious effort and time to nationalist studies in order to gain
knowledge which has been stricken off the World Bank-designed curriculum
of Philippine education. They must study, promote and seek inspiration
from the heroic revolutionary resistance of the Filipino people in
launching people’s wars against Spanish and American colonialism, as well
as in the struggle to achieve national and social liberation in the past
They must look back to the works of Jose Rizal
and Andres Bonifacio of the late 19th century, the nationalist ideals of
the heroes of the working class movement in the early 20th century, the
nationalist assertions of Lorenzo Tañada, Claro Mayo Recto and Renato
Constantino from the 1950s as well as the more recent expressions of
Filipino nationalism set forth by Jose Ma. Sison and the national
democratic movement from the late 1960s to the present.
As before, the Filipino youth will play a
crucial role in making the nationalist studies movement take root and
impact on the Filipino national consciousness. In so doing, the Filipino
people can further raise the banner of national freedom to unprecedented
The revolutionary movement led by the
Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has been waging a war of national
and social liberation which is a continuation of the Filipino people’s
unfinished revolution. They have achieved great victories in the past and
are poised to achieve bigger victories in the next few years.
US offers empty promises to justify increased troop
presence in PH
“Aquino is single-handedly reversing the gains
from the removal of the US military bases 20 years ago. His foreign policy
allows the permanent and continuing presence of US troops all over the
country, on a scale unprecedented since the time of the US bases.
No wonder Uncle Sam is happy to welcome him to
the White House,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.
“The Aquino-Obama meeting is the culmination
of months of dialogue and negotiations that will allow the Philippines to
host an increasing number of US troops and ships under a rebalancing
program that’s focused towards Asia. The stationing of US troops and ships
in the Philippines is a greater violation of sovereignty than any of the
recent incidents in Panatag Shoal,” Reyes said.
“AFP modernization did not happen after nearly
half a century of having US bases. Modernization did not happen during the
13 years of the VFA. What makes Aquino think that it will happen now? The
Philippine government should abandon any illusion that armed forces
modernization lies with the US. The US will want to keep our military
backward, so that we would be dependent on them, thus making it easier for
them to dictate on us,” Reyes said.
“We will never modernize so long as we are
under the US defense umbrella. The US will simply take advantage of our
weakness to serve their interests. Obama’s speech says it all. For
everything the US will get in terms of access arrangements and virtual
basing, the Philippines only stands to get an aging US patrol boat from
the Vietnam War era,” he added.
Bayan said that US commitment to support the
setting up of the Philippine National Coast Watch System is not surprising
since the US itself has long sought to establish “a seamless interface
among their respective maritime security efforts” according to US embassy
cables released by Wikileaks.
“Our proposal emphasizes the installation of
land-based and sea-based maritime radars and other types of surveillance
and identification equipment,” says an August 2007 cable from the US
embassy in the Philippines.
“US support for a coastal watch system is more in line with US interests than PH interests. The US wants full-spectrum dominance in the region. It wants to control everything, especially the sea lanes,” Reyes said. ###
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