September 6, 2010
Reference: Chester Amparo , Secretary General, KPD ( 0922 876 5851)
As USS George Washington Comes to Manila Again
KPD Says No Goodwill Visit Here, Just US Military Muscle Flexing
Manila--- “It’s no social visit , but a deterrent to any and all US-perceived threats in the region such as China and North Korea.”
“It’s part of the US military strategy to ensure continued supremacy in the region. In fact, they’re trying to soft-sell the continued intrusive presence of the US military in sovereign countries like the Philippines.
According to Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) Secretary-General Chester Amparo, a 100,000 ton nuclear-powered supercarrier like the USS George Washington do not make port calls for ‘family reunions’ for a third of its five thousand crew members or to soak up on local Filipino culture’.
“They are not tourists but enlisted men, foreign military personnel allowed into the country courtesy of the unequal Visiting Forces Agreement,” pointed out Amparo.
He added that the 1986 Constitution expressly states that the country is supposedly nuclear-free. Allowing these US nuke-powered battle ships entry into our seas is a clear violation of our Constitution.
According to KPD, no goodwill can be fostered if relations between the US and the Philippines continue to remain unequal and travesties of justice remain like the acquittal of Lance Corporal Daniel Smith in the Subic Rape Case or the suffering of victims of toxic wastes left by US troops when they closed down the US Bases in 1992.
By packaging this visit as a ‘goodwill visit’ the government is pathetically attempting to water down the international fiasco of the hostage crisis.
Amparo added that many cases of abuse and violation of national laws and human rights have already been documented by various groups stemming from the continued deployment of US troops in Mindanao.
It would be recalled that USS George Washington along with Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW5) and guided missile-destroyers USS John S McCain (DDG56), USS McCampbell (DDG 85) arrived last Saturday for a four-day ‘goodwill visit.’
“ We would be better off if we move to end their long-drawn out visit-cum-deployment in the country.As long as they remain, they mock our sovereignty and national patrimony as they remain ‘untouchables’ in our laws, “ ended Amparo. ####