US rushing PH to approve military access agreement, says leftist lawmaker

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—A lawmaker warned the US has been rushing the Philippines into signing an agreement that would allow US military to have access to the country’s military facilities.

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate said US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel flew to the country and met with President Benigno Aquino III to “rush the country into signing the framework agreement on the increased rotational presence of US soldiers and give them wider access to facilities in the Philippines.”

“US Secretary Defense Hagel and President Aquino are ramming the access agreement down our throats,” Zarate said.

He said the meeting undermined the efforts of the Senate and Congress to review the constitutionality of the agreement and the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and glossed over “protests against the increased and permanent presence of US soldiers in the country.”

Zarate said the Makabayan bloc has called for the scrapping of the 13-year old Visiting Forces Agreement through House Resolution No.8.

He criticized Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario over the latter’s statements that US soldiers might use Philippine military bases should a war break out between North And South Korea.

“The Philippine government is freely letting the US government use our country as a staging ground for war against North Korea and China to the detriment of the Filipino people who do not know the real intention of their overdue stay in the country,” he said.

Zarate said he would raise these issues in the congressional deliberations on the budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as in the meeting of the Legislative Oversight Committee on the VFA (LOVFA).

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  • tagahuron

    Hoy, Carlos Zarate, nasa bakuran na natin ang mga intisk at ni hindi mo man lang binanggit para sa deliberations nyo. PUTNANDKITNDK INA MO! Bistado na kayo matagal na. Puro kayo mga huwad! PWE!

  • joboni96

    pa rally rally kayo kontra sa pdaf
    niluluto na pag surrender ng mga collaborators

    ng ating soberenya sa camp aguinaldo
    sa imperyalista sipain

    10 million march
    against imperialist recolonization

    pero marami pa ring kolonisadong utak
    at mga collaborators

    kailangang mga solusyon para
    sa malakas na soberenya

  • Joel_Delano

    Asus! nagsalita na naman ang isang tuta ng China. Bakit kontra ka sa mga tumutulong sa atin? Partylist representative ka lang naman. Di ka naman binuto directa ng mga tao! Kaya wala kang siguro karapatan na mag salita at magbigay ng opinion

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    please terminate these communists, activists and all those connected to them. This is the greatest failure of Marcos. Not getting rid of them.

  • 33Sam

    ZARATE IS RIGHT. THEY ARE SHOVING THINGS DOWN YOUR THROATS!!! YOU PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT THIS IS ABOUT COMMUNISM YOU ARE WRONG. OBAMA, MCCAIN ARE COMMUNISTS THEMSELVES. COMMUNISM IS NOTHING MORE THAN A DISTRACTION TOOL TO MAKE YOU PICK A SIDE AND BASED ON YOUR KNOWLEDGE YOU WILL NOT KNOW THAT ITS BOTH TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN, BENT ON CONFUSING YOU!!!

    YOU ARE BEING HUSTLED TO ACCEPT A TARGET ON YOUR BACKS.

    OBAMA IS FAST TRACKING SETTING UP TARGETS FOR CHINA TO HIT.

    OBAMA IS NOT ABOUT PROTECTING AMERICA OR THEIR MILITARY, HE IS ALL ABOUT DOING HIS BOSSES’ BIDDING AND THAT IS TO GET READY FOR WORLD WAR THREE!!!

    • wvillaro822

      Tell this to friend chinese, a.. O,. Ask Zarate how much he got from China.

      • 33Sam

        I DON’T CARE WHAT OTHER AFFILIATIONS ZARATE HAS AND I THINK MANY OF YOU FILIPINOS MISREAD THE DYNAMICS OF ALL THIS. YOU KEEP BOUNCING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN LEFT AND RIGHT PARADIGMS.

        ZARATE IS RIGHT THAT THINGS ARE BEING SHOVED DOWN YOUR THROATS. IF YOU CAN’T PERCEIVE THIS THEN YOU SHOULD CHECK IF YOU HAVE A PULSE.

        IT HAS NOTHING TO DO, AT LEAST FROM MY END, ABOUT SIDING WITH CHINA OR NOT! UNTIL PEOPLE REALIZE THIS IS CONTROLLED BY GLOBALISTS WHO WANT YOU TO GET STUCK IN A LEFT-RIGHT PARADIGM, THEN YOU WILL NEVER SEE WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING TO YOU. YOU ARE ACTING SO NAIVE AND GETTING IN THE WAY THAT AS A NATION YOU WILL NEVER BE ONE ON ANYTHING. THIS IS THE TIME FOR WORLD GENOCIDE. IF YOU CAN’T PERCEIVE THAT THEN YOU NEED TO DIG DEEP AND TRY. IF NOT YOU SHOULD GET OUT OF THE WAY BECAUSE THIS IS BIGGER THAN YOUR SHOALS AND CHINA TRESPASSING. THE PLAN IS TO TAKE THE ENTIRE PHILIPPINES FROM FILIPINOS AND PUT IT IN THE HANDS OF GLOBALISTS.

        ITS NOT CHINA’S PLAN PER SE, IT IS THE GLOBALISTS THAT CONTROL CHINA, THE U.S., THE BRITISH EMPIRE AND OVER 160 NATIONS ON THE PLANET. ITS CALLED NEW WORLD ORDER!!
        AND ITS NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY!!!

        THEY WANT TO TAKE OVER THE PLANET AND GET RID OF 90% OF THE POPULATION ON THE PLANET. SO WHERE DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT??

    • Graymatter28

      Stop stealing our taxes.

  • http://batman-news.com stupid chink

    I agree that this deal should be carefully studied but is necessarily needed.

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