Drones violate PH national sovereignty, says Bayan


Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr.. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines—The United States’ (US) use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones” in the Philippines violates national sovereignty, a militant group said Tuesday.

“The unrestricted use of US drones in Philippine airspace is a violation of our national sovereignty,” Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement.

“No sovereign nation would allow a foreign power unhampered use of domestic airspace. Do you think the US will allow the Philippines the same privilege in US airspace?” Reyes said.

An unmanned aerial vehicle, reportedly used as an aerial target drone, fell into the waters off Ticao Island, Masbate Monday and was later recovered by fishermen in the area.

The drone was identified as a BQM-74E Chukar III that is four meters long and has a wingspan of 1.76 meters. The particular type of drone was reportedly used for military target training.

Other drones used by the US military are capable of surveillance while others are capable of attack, using weapons. Drones have been used extensively in the previous US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Whether it is an aerial target drone, a surveillance drone or an attack drone, there are no clear guidelines on the use of these unmanned aerial vehicles in PH territory. It appears that the US government has been using the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to gain unrestricted movement in PH airspace,” Reyes said.

Citing Article 8, Section 3 of the VFA: “aircraft operated by or for the United States armed forces shall observe local air traffic control regulations while in the Philippines,” Reyes urged the Senate to probe the US military’s use of drones saying the particular section “does not seem to hold true for US drones.”

“The problem with US drones is that they can be used for surveillance and they can be used for actual combat operations,” Reyes said.

“We have a situation where a foreign power can fly anytime and anywhere it wants, undertake surveillance, and on occasion, even participate in actual combat operations. Drones underscore US direct involvement in internal conflict in the Philippines,” he said.

Reyes called on the US to explain if they were conducting live-fire exercises in the area and whether the use of drones had approval from the Philippine government.

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  • Emmanuel Bonn Taguba

    Nakakatawa yung mga comment niyo, alam niyo bang ilang beses ding kinundina ng Bayan Muna ang China sa mga kamalian neto. San nanggagaling yung akusasyon niyo na pro-China yung mga militanteng gruop ng ‘Pinas? AFP propaganda? Nakaka-awa yung mga wala substansiyang argumento niyo.
    Ang tanong, bakit pag China ang ingay niyo pero pag U.S. kahit kagaguhan na ginagawa nila ang tahimik niyo?
    Asserting national sovereignty must not be biased to any other nations. Napaka-Western ng pag-iisip, banat ng banat porke kung ano ung sa tingin ng mayorya na tama. Mga hibang.Lagyan niyo naman ng onting scientific na basehan mga comment niyo. Basta Maka-comment lang un na? Inutil.

    • rd

      Mas inutil ka ata. Kitid ng utak mu. Anu ba magagwa ng bayan muna kng bombahin tayu ng china? Pru kayu bunganga. daldal ng daldal. Ikaw dyan tumahimik

    • Marlon Joseph

       Kelan ba nagkundena ang katulad mong mga leftists against the incursions of China? sarap mong hampasin sa ulo ng maso para matauhan kayo mga momunista.

  • Abu

    Boycott all those Partylist Members who are left wing.
    Wag na sila bigyan ng pagkakataon pa na lokohin tayong mga Filipino.  Saan na pumunta ang mga PORK BARREL nila?
    Sigurado ginamit un pambayad sa mga nagrarally.
    Hayyyy…tayong mga mamamayang Filipino ang naloloko ng mga to.

  • gemini1971

    Oh boy! here we go again..dude! get a job

  • Marlon Joseph

    Government is being fooled by these leftists party-list groups. we are wasting money. they are using their pork barrel to buy guns, munitions, and other supplies for NPA. let’s give them their horrific experience to be expelled from the congress – no one should cast a vote for all leftists party-list groups. we all know that they have followers in the slums and they are all gunggongs – let them vote for their comrades and for sure they won’t get the required percentage of vote. enough is enough. time to stop these communists group in our country.

  • zymygy

    now lets challenge mr reyes.china deployed ships outside their territory.very near to cagayan province.wait a second thats the pacific will you comment on this since they violate our soverignty.

  • Carum Al Dumal

    Renato Reyes, Ikaw at yung mga alalay mo ang TUNAY na KAAWAY ng bayang PILIPINAS!

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