Call for Removal of U.S. Troops from the Philippines

The following statements are reprinted from recent press releases by the Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

CPP Demands Pullout of Clandestine U.S. Troops and Military Advisers

January 26, 2005

The Communist Party of the Philippines today assailed the Arroyo government for allowing American military advisers and combat troops to secretly operate within the Philippines in "direct violation and in an outright mockery of Philippine sovereignty" even as it demanded that the Arroyo government take immediate steps to identify such troops and order their pullout.

CPP spokesperson Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said that the "Bush regime will use any and all pretexts to heighten its military intervention in the Philippines," with the "puppet Arroyo regime only too willing to allow it and surrender Philippine sovereignty."

"The Bush and Arroyo governments have collaborated in letting US troops use past joint military exercises and so-called relief operations as covers to secretly position US military advisers in AFP military camps in Mindanao and within NPA guerrilla zones," Rosal added.

At the same time, Rosal warned the Bush government and US advisers and combat troops secretly operating in the Philippines against "directly supporting the AFP in its counterrevolutionary war."

"US military advisers who participate directly in the AFP's war efforts will be regarded as members of an armed adversarial force," the CPP spokesman said. "The New People's Army is likewise ready to face interventionist US military advisers and troops in the battlefield. We will hold the Bush and Arroyo regimes responsible for the consequences."

"These US troops indoctrinate Filipino soldiers with the dogma of antiterrorism and train them to kill their fellow Filipinos," Rosal said. "Under this US dogma, those who oppose oppression and exploitation are blindly labeled as terrorists."

He called on patriotic-minded officers and soldiers of the AFP to help expose and repudiate the imperialist teachings of these US soldiers.

Rosal also called on the American people to demand the pullout of secret American military advisers in the Philippines.

Rosal reiterated the demand for the immediate abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Mutual Defense Treaty "which have been used by the US to trample on Philippine sovereignty."

CPP Reiterates Demand to Scrap VFA, MDT

January 21, 2005

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today renewed its call for the scrapping of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippine and US governments, calling them "licenses for heightened US military intervention in the Philippines."

The CPP likewise demanded that the Arroyo government order the removal of all US military personnel "secretly stationed" in various camps around the country.

CPP spokesman Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said that since the forging of the VFA, "the entire Philippines has served as a virtual US military base, what with the all-out freedom of US combat troops to enter and leave Philippine territory."

"US military intervention through the VFA and MDT makes a mockery of Philippine sovereignty," said Rosal. "Employing the provisions of these military treaties, the puppet Arroyo regime has given up all pretensions to independence and has shown extreme subservience to US imperialism."

"The VFA has served as a cover for the unmonitored entry of American military units in the country to conduct clandestine operations, including direct involvement in operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)," Rosal added.

He cited an article by Aries Rufo published last week in Newsbreak magazine entitled "Unwanted Presence" which gave details of two American military officers from the US Pacific Command who have been encamped at the guesthouse of the Philippine Army 6th Infantry Division (6th ID) headquarters in Camp Siongco Awang in Maguindanao.

Citing sources from the Philippine Army, Rufo said at least six to eight Americans also hold office at the 601st Infantry Brigade headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani.

Rosal said patriotic-minded organizations and individuals, as well as officers and soldiers of the AFP should demand full disclosure regarding American military officers secretly stationed in AFP camps.

He called for the immediate pullout of all US troops stationed in the Philippines.

Rosal also cited Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's call for a review of the VFA, adding that he hoped it would eventually lead to the scrapping of the VFA and the MDT.

"We encourage Senator Santiago, who is a professor of international law, to speak more vigorously against the US imperialist policy of preemptive strike which has been used by the Bush government to arrogate the right to trample on international institutions and violate the rights of sovereign states," Rosal said.