“We can not compromise sovereignty and national patrimony in exchange for few goodies. It’s a shame to serve US war of aggressions in exchange for few dollars.” This was the statement of Kilusan North Luzon’s Secretary General Jim Pag-a.
The VFA already resulted to series of violations and abuses to Filipinos, including the rape of Filipino women. There have been recorded cases of injuries and death caused by live munitions during war exercises since 2000.
“In the light of the intensifying conflict between North Korea and South Korea, the United States could obligate the Philippines to support US troops and South Korean troops in its looming war against North Korea,” Jim Pag-a adds. This is made possible by the Mutual Defense Treaty we have with the US. MDT and VFA are unequal treaties that put the Philippines in a very disadvantaged and precarious situation. We demand the Aquino government to prove its pro-people stance and terminate the VFA and end all unequal ties between the US and the Philippines.
Since the signing of the VFA, the Philippine ports were opened to US troops, visiting or otherwise. This affront to our sovereignty is accepted by the Philippine government in exchange for a few military aids like obsolete choppers and C-120 planes, civic projects like road construction, school buildings and medical missions.
In 1992, due to the sustained and intensified people’s protest, the Philippine legislators were forced to terminate the US military bases agreement. In 2000, the Estrada regime signed the VFA.
Kilusan considers the VFA as instrument of US neocolonialism and to maintain its control in the Pacific. Kilusan lauds Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s determination in her call to terminate the RP – US Visiting Forces Agreement. Likewise, we call on our legislators to take the same stand.###