PLM Statement against return of US bases PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 01 July 2013 21:26
PLM Statement
No to the return of US bases! Scrap the VFA!
Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin must resign!

PLM condemns any moves to pave the way for the return of US basing facilities
in the Philippines, including giving the US access to Philippine military bases and
facilities at Clark and Subic, as admitted by Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin.
“The new senate hasn’t even convened as yet and this has already been put on
the agenda. It confirms the view, that President Aquino did everything possible to
ensure a Liberal Party majority in the senate, because this is his first agenda”,
said PLM Chairperson, Sonny Melencio.
“Aquino will undo the historic 1991 victory of the Filipino people, when the senate
then voted against the US bases, during his mother’s administration. Reestablishing
the US bases in the guise of ‘access’ could end up being the shameful legacy of this
“The Aquino government has embraced the US strategic shift of focussing its military
might in Asia. It also seems to have embraced the US anti-China policy. While we
are opposed to China’s bullying tactics in the region, especially in relation to the
West Philippines or South China Sea, it seems like Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin
is biting at the bit to go to war with China.
“We consider the Defense Secretary’s statements and actions to be irresponsible.
They endanger our nation and our people. We have no confidence that a
warmongering Defence Secretary will serve the sovereign interests of the country.
We therefore call for the resignation of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. We
call on the Aquino administration to appoint a person who is genuinely committed
to the peaceful resolution of the regional disputes with China and who will do their
utmost to pursue such a goal.
“We also welcome the initiative taken by the Bayan Muna congress representative
Neri Colmenares, in filing House Resolution No. 08, calling for the scrapping of
the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement and the plans to give temporary access
of Philippine military bases to American forces. We will campaign in support of this
bill ”, Melencio concluded.
July 1, 2013.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 21:37



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