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Militant solons fear ‘unli’ access to PH bases


Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Militant lawmakers on Friday expressed fears of “unli” (unlimited) access of American and Japanese forces to military bases in the Philippines.

“What’s in a name? Access arrangements, military exercises or routine port calls—they all mean the same thing, translating into unhampered use of facilities and structures in Philippine territory for foreign military use. It means allowing unlimited foreign military basing in the Philippines,” Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan said.

Ilagan was referring to a government plan to allow the United States, Japan and other allies access to Philippine military bases to discourage China from further encroaching on the country’s territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Ilagan said the terms of the access agreements being lined up by the Department of National Defense are “so vague that these appear to expand the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).”

She said the defense department would create de facto military bases by allowing US and Japanese forces use of an  “unidentified and undetermined number of Philippine facilities for an undetermined period of time.”

Instead of providing more security, Ilagan said the increased military presence of the United States and the additional presence of Japan in Philippine territory would escalate tensions between the Philippines and China.

National betrayal

Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlo Zarate called the plan “a shameful act of national betrayal” to overturn the 1991 Senate vote to eject the US bases from the country.

“It’s just like being invaded again by the Japanese and the President has become a Makapili,” Colmenares said, using the term for Filipinos who betrayed guerrillas to the Japanese during World War II in the Philippines.

“It also violates Japan’s peace constitution, which prohibits militarism in Japan because of [the] atrocities [committed by Japanese forces] during World War II. Japan’s military presence in the Philippines is not only unwanted, it is also unwelcomed. This is an insult to our veterans and comfort women who suffered under the Japanese,” Colmenares said.

Zarate pointed that the increased US military presence in Mindanao worsened the security situation in the region.

“The people’s rights were disregarded, and the VFA was rendered inutile while the Philippine government covered up the reported human rights violations by US troops in Mindanao,” Zarate said.

ACT Teachers Rep.  Antonio Tinio said the expanded access deal with the US showed that Malacañang wanted US forces  to be stationed on our territory “indefinitely and in greater numbers.”

Encirclement of China

“Historically, the US has used the Philippines as a stepping stone for military intervention in China. US troops based in the Philippines were among the foreign troops that invaded China and occupied Beijing in 1900.

Most Filipinos are probably unaware of this, while the Chinese certainly have not forgotten,” Tinio said.

“Instead of forging an independent and self-reliant foreign policy in response to Chinese territorial incursions, the Aquino administration would let this country reprise its role as a neocolonial outpost, a staging area for the encirclement of China by the US,” he said.

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Tags: Gabriela Rep. Luzviminda C. Ilagan , Japanese forces , US bases , US Military Bases , VFA , Visiting Forces Agreement

  • bright

    We need to release the death squads of the AFP now. Eliminate these people who act out of treason.

    Palparan, we need you.

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    The representative of teachers in the Philippines is more concerned about China being under seige. wtf.

  • ConcernedCitizenPh

    When you deal with the Communist Party of China, “indefinitely” as a duration of time for a preventive measure is a must. They do not abandon plans. They can patiently wait for decades hiding their intentions with a friendly face. Mistakes are irreversible.

    • positivenews

      they’ve anticipated long to become a superpower to crush this small island nation who defeated them during the korean war and have been belittling during the marcos regime…

      • ConcernedCitizenPh

        Yes, the plan is territorial expansion which is outdated and being implemented just now when they saw the opportunity

      • positivenews

        that’s why we need to BOYCOTT CHINA products!!!, soon,once they have dominated all world-wide market shares for food, technology etc..we will all be under their control.

      • ConcernedCitizenPh

        They actually and unbelievably plan 1,000 year domination and everything that they do is in anticipation of the day when their economy becomes #1. They know it will be hard to maintain that spot for a long time without using the physical controls they effectively apply in Tibet and the Uighurs. That is why they want to control the sea lanes

      • positivenews

        funny…reminds me of illuminati conspiracy…now china is playing it well.

      • ConcernedCitizenPh

        They are controlling already more than 1 billion people. Adding 100million every few years looks feasible. It’s crazy but possible

      • positivenews

        true that… watch out.. here comes the NEW WORLD ORDER…

      • ConcernedCitizenPh

        We only need to be selfless, stop corruption for a while to save funds to tide us over this crisis and unite as a people. We need to be less greedy than them because this is their weakness.

  • positivenews

    mother CHINA asked them to shaken the philippine politics by dividing the nation regarding the US military presence.
    Where were they when CHINA was invading the country’s territory?…

  • Garaybul

    The only people would contest the “unlimited access giving to America and Japanese forces to the military bases in the Philippines” are China and its devotees. See Neri Colmenares picture the factual indication that he is so worried of something about the America and Japanese forces are coming here more often.

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