From the CPP Website (Jul 4): Vigorously oppose granting the US military greater access to Philippine facilities
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on the Filipino people to firmly oppose the plans of the Aquino regime to grant the US military increased access to Philippine military and civilian facilities which will result in heightened violation of Philippine territorial rights and the further abasement of Philippine sovereignty.
“Aquino’s plan to grant the US military greater access to Philippine airports, docks and military bases serve the US plan to further heighten its military presence in the Asia-Pacific, encircle China, project power and establish its hegemony in the South China Sea and other trade routes in the regions,” pointed out the CPP.
“The plan to give the US more military access does not serve the national interest of the Filipino people,” added the CPP. “On the contrary, it is against the interests of the Filipino people as it serves to heighten the military and diplomatic tension in the area by letting the US increase its military presence, make provocations against China and threaten to drag the Philippines to a war that we do not want.”
The CPP denounced the Aquino regime for “promoting the illusion of a military alliance between the Philippines and the US government to justify its all-out slavishness to the US military and allowing US troops and their allied foreign militaries to trample on Philippine soil and make use of our land to advance the US imperialists’ ultra-nationalist aim of establishing its hegemony in the Asia-Pacific.”
“The so-called military alliance between the Philippines and the US is a big myth,” said the CPP. “There can be no such alliance between a dominant country and a dominated and dependent neocolony. The ‘military alliance’ is nothing but a euphemism for the overbearing dominance of the US military forces and the subservience of the puppet Aquino government that is all too willing to serve the needs of the foreign military forces.”
“Over the past three years, or since the start of the Aquino regime, the US military has enjoyed increasing access to Philippine facilities, both civilian and military. The number and frequency of visits of US naval warships, submarines and other components of the US naval fleet in Subic, Manila and other Philippine ports are unprecedented since the abrogation of the US Military Bases Agreement in 1991.”
“It is highly ironic that the Aquino regime is pushing for increasing US military presence in the Philippines at the very moment that the Filipino people are preparing to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of the patriotic hero Andres Bonifacio,” pointed out the CPP.
“In pushing to grant the US military more access, Benigno Aquino III is doing what his mother, Corazon Aquino, failed to do as president in 1991 when she pushed for the extension of the Military Bases Agreement that was set to expire in 1991,” said the CPP. “In the face of massive demonstrations against the US military bases, the Corazon Aquino regime failed to get the senate to ratify and extend the military bases agreement which had given the US complete control over nearly a hundred thousand hectares of land in Clark, Subic and other places.”
“The current Aquino regime is more deceitful, clearly, as it practically gives the US military forces basing rights such as the privilege of docking or landing at will in such facilities that they have been granted access to, even without having an agreement to govern such arrangements,” pointed out the CPP.
The program was funded by TAF in collaboration with the Australian Aid (AusAID) with the aim to further capacitate selected participants in the field of Journalism.
Prof. Esmael Abdula, BLMI Training Officer and member of the Steering Committee facilitated the program while, Mr. Zamin Unti, BLMI Administrative officer welcomed the 30 participants who came all the way from different parts of mainland Mindanao and Western Mindanao Region.
In his message, Mohagher Iqbal, Peace Panel Chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) stressed the value of learning to enhance skills and knowledge of individuals. He emphasized that one must continue to sharpen his/her knowledge and skills based on the three-way approach, “learn, practice, and teach” or LPT and impart them to others.
In the evening Mr. Moidjoddin Talusob, a participant from Maguindanao found time in infusing Islamic Values to participants who willfully listened and participated in the sharing of essential Islamic moral values that can help them optimize their advocacy and information drive in promoting peace in the concept of Islam.
Ms. Malu Cadelina Manar, a vibrant journalist and broadcaster of DXND-NDBC Kidapawan city, indefatigably lectured on Basic Journalism ethics, principles and practices. Mr. Jun Enriquez, a Broadcast Journalist of DXLS FM and Journalist Ryan Rosauro, a correspondent of Philippines Daily Inquirer lectured on news casting, and journalistic approaches. The two-Iligan based media practitioners are also engaged in peace building and affiliated with civil society organizations (CSO’s).
In the closing program, selected participants shared their reactions or impressions and expressed their gratitude to the TAF, AusAID and the BLMI hierarchy and personnel for sponsoring and holding the program. On his closing message, Mohagher Iqbal stressed the importance of seeking knowledge even in faraway places. He quoted the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) who once said, “Seek knowledge even if it is in China”. He also quoted one saying which says, “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave”, pointing out that there is no limit nor end in acquiring knowledge for as long as man is still alive. Awarding of certificates to participants and certificates of appreciation to speakers and facilitators followed.