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Philippines: Communist Rebels Resist Return of US Bases

Posted by D and I Consulting on May 4, 2011

Protesters face off in front of US Embassy in the Philippines

Thanks to Frontlines of Revolutionary Struggle for sharing this.

COMMUNIST rebels on Friday asked Filipinos to oppose any plan to reestablish United States military presence in Subic, Zambales, whether in the form of a base or related facilities.

The US military is reportedly searching for alternative places in the Asia-Pacific region to establish bases, in the face of growing opposition to their military bases in Okinawa, Japan where the US 7th Pacific Fleet is headquartered.

Last Tuesday, US Senators Daniel Inouye and Thad Cochran met with President Benigno Aquino III after visiting the Subic Bay Freeport to be briefed about the situation in the former US military base.

US Embassy spokesperson Rebecca Thompson had already denied that the elder senators have sought the Philippine government’s help in restoring the US bases.

Outgoing Foreign Affairs spokesperson Eduardo Malaya also told Sun.Star that the US had repeatedly shrugged off plans in establishing military bases in the Philippines.

The Philippine Senate in September 1991 voted to reject the proposed Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Security which would have effectively extended the 1946 US-RP Military Bases Agreement for another 10 years.

Prior to that, the US retained control over close to 70,000 hectares covering the Subic Naval Base, Clark Air Base, and several other military bases across the country.

However, in 1998, the US and Philippine governments signed the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allowed US military personnel to stay in the Philippines to be governed by a status of forces agreement (SOFA).

“US military presence in the Philippines is a direct affront and insult to Philippine sovereignty,” said the CPP.

Meanwhile, former senator Richard Gordon panned critics of the possible return of American troops in the future.

“US aircraft carriers docking there are welcome to boost local tourism, although I would not object if the Filipino people again decide to allow US military bases in the country. What is wrong with that?” he said.

Efforts to end Asia’s longest communist insurgency of 42 years started last March in Oslo, Norway after a six-year deadlock. The Philippine government said it plans to forge a final peace agreement by 2012. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

3 Responses to “Philippines: Communist Rebels Resist Return of US Bases”

  1. ARedFlagRising said

    Yet again, another attempt by the United States to furtherly trample on what little sovereignty its client state has. I only hope that these attempts will be resisted further, as they’re directly against the people of the Philippines, the people do not benefit by their government allowing the United State’s to maintain a military presence that signifies to the Asian Region much like it always has that the United States will, if one attempts to act independent it will use its force against them and force them into its chains. Not only on this level is it an assault against the people, but it as well is an assault against the people, as it shows entirely how corrupt the government of the Philippines truly is in violating its own sovereignty and allowing the United States Military to operate within its own country. It shows directly that the government of the Phillines, is simply a client state in its action for the United States and for this– It should be rejected at all costs.

    As far as Oslo goes, an Oslo Agreement shouldn’t be accepted for the Philippines, as the conditions still remain. The conditions that have allowed for the insurgency to begin, have not at all been changed. Several concessions have attempted to offer the illusion of changing conditions, however if one thing stays static, it is that these conditions cannot answer the call of the people that seek an end to Imperialism, exploitation and the excesses of the Capitalist System. Of course, I’m not endorsing any side within this struggle. As both sides themselves have committed wrong-doings. Both sides are complicit in having used the Peasants as cannon-fodder, this is undeniable. If anything, an Oslo Agreement shouldn’t be accepted however, what should be accepted is a plan if you will for a reforming of armed action for a certain side that will no longer allow for the Peasants to be used as cannon-fodder, that will furtherly allow for attacks but not at the cost of the civilian population. One can’t carry out a revolutionary struggle, in its true form but risk the civil population being slaughtered by those that are fighting for it, this is simple madness and should be recognized as such.

    If these issues aren’t confronted, it will only show the degenerating of the struggle for the working class within the Philippines.

  2. Siva said

    It is true that the Philippines is, as it has for long been, a client state of the US.

    The Communists are for peace and revolution. There is no contradiction between the two.

    It is by participating in peace talks and exposing the reactionary and oppressive nature of the state and most importantly its insincerity that the majority of the people can be won over. It is important for the people to know that the reactionary state is the enemy of peace and progress.

    Agreeing or disagreeing in Oslo depends on what is agreed. It will be tactically wrong to declare that the CPP will not abide by the agreement while talks have barely begun.

    What will be wrong will be to give up arms and armed struggle.

  3. TheML said

    1.) ‘The Communists are for peace and revolution. There is no contradiction between the two.’
    Its the logical goal of the revolution, bringing about peace through the means of allowing the proletariat to gain what rightfully belongs to it. If this were not a goal, it wouldn’t be an actual revolution. As the revolutionary thoughform and action seeks to emancipate, liberate, empower and build a new society out of the ruins of the old. While, I’m not denying this, I’m simply bringing to the table certain practices of the NPA and other groups throughout the Asian continent that have engaged in Protracted People’s Wars.
    2.) ‘It is by participating in peace talks and exposing the reactionary and oppressive nature of the state and most importantly its insincerity that the majority of the people can be won over. It is important for the people to know that the reactionary state is the enemy of peace and progress.’
    By engaging in a Peace Talk, effectively– it would be allowing for concessions to occur. It doesn’t matter as to what a peace talk would allow for, what simply matters is that this would still be a concession and as a concession it isn’t in the interest of the Working Class whatever it may be. Instead, what must occur is the reorganization and restructuring, combined with a new Popular Front at focusing on urban centers where the Urban Proletariat needs to be allied with. The NPA has made mistakes like others in not allowing for material support in general strikes and other campaigns that have struggled against the Filipino state. This is only a single example of where it is necessary. While Guerrilla tactics may be in cases necessary, the Guerrilla must always be representing the people in their actions and the people must also be representing the party, if the party is not the people, and the people are not the Guerrilla, then effectively– The fight loses its legitimacy as the movement for the Working Class against Imperialism and Capitalism.
    3. ‘Agreeing or disagreeing in Oslo depends on what is agreed. It will be tactically wrong to declare that the CPP will not abide by the agreement while talks have barely begun. ‘
    See 2.
    4. ‘What will be wrong will be to give up arms and armed struggle.’
    Which is what any potential peace talk will lead to.

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