U.S. and Philippines Carry Out Joint Military Exercises

April 8, 2013

From April 5 to April 17, approximately 8,000 U.S. military personnel and Armed Forces of the Philippines are participating in the "Balikatan" ("shoulder-to-shoulder") war exercises in the Philippines.

U.S.-Philippine joint military exercises are widely opposed by the Filipino people and are seen as an assault on Filipino sovereignty and territorial integrity.

There is also strong opposition to the war games by the Filipino people and other countries in the region due to the fact that U.S. imperialism is working to increase tensions in the Asia-Pacific region and is threatening North Korea in particular.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in a statement on these U.S. military exercises says: By pushing through with the Balikatan 2013 exercises amidst increasing military tensions in the Korean peninsula, the Aquino regime is allowing the Philippines to be dragged by the US government to its military conflicts against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The Filipino peoples denounce the Balikatan 2013 military exercises and demand the immediate pull-out of all American troops currently stationed in the Philippines, including the 700-strong Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) of the US Pacific Command permanently based in Zamboanga.

The CPP denounces the US military and government for deceiving the Filipino people about the real intention of the so-called joint military exercises which are being portrayed by the US as serving humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness. For the past several years, the US has been using humanitarian and disaster operations in order to surreptitiously carry out combat and intelligence operations and setup their spy and communications network and infrastructure.

The so-called joint military exercises are nothing but preparations and muscle-flexing of the US in order to put the Philippine military under its command and make use of the Philippines as its outpost in the possibility of launching a war of aggression anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Filipino people clamor for an independent foreign policy demand that the Philippines not be dragged in any of the war being launched by the US against another sovereign country.

The Asia-Pacific military strategy of the US is to keep tens of thousands of its combat troops forward stationed in the Asia-Pacific in its naval carriers, military bases and outposts from South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia to Australia.

The aim is to impose its imperialist hegemony, put pressure on China and other countries to toe US economic policy and make threats of war and aggression against any country who refuse to uphold US imperialist trade and investment policy directives.