By CPP Information Bureau
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today condemned the planned entry of up to 4,000 armed US troops in the Philippines over the next few days “which is a display of extreme contempt against Philippine sovereignty and a show of force in the face of heightened US war preparations in the Korean peninsula.”
Up to 30 US jet fighters and an American naval carrier, the USS Tortuga, are also set to be deployed in Manila, Central Luzon and other areas, from 5 to 17 April, in line with the 2013 Balikatan military exercises between the US military and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“By pushing through with the Balikatan 2013 exercises amidst increasing military tensions in the Korean peninsula, the Aquino regime is allowing the Philippines to be dragged by the US government to its military conflicts against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” said the CPP.
“The Filipino peoples denounce the Balikatan 2013 military exercises and demand the immediate pull-out of all American troops currently stationed in the Philippines, including the 700-strong Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) of the US Pacific Command permanently based in Zamboanga,” added the CPP.
“The CPP denounces the US military and government for deceiving the Filipino people about the real intention of the so-called joint military exercises which are being portrayed by the US as serving humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness,” said the CPP. “For the past several years, the US has been using humanitarian and disaster operations in order to surreptitiously carry out combat and intelligence operations and setup their spy and communications network and infrastructure.”
“The so-called joint military exercises are nothing but preparations and muscle-flexing of the US in order to put the Philippine military under its command and make use of the Philippines as its outpost in the possibility of launching a war of aggression anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region,” said the CPP.
“The Filipino people clamor for an independent foreign policy demand that the Philippines not be dragged in any of the war being launched by the US against another sovereign country,” added the CPP.
“The Asia-Pacific military strategy of the US is to keep tens of thousands of its combat troops forward stationed in the Asia-Pacific in its naval carriers, military bases and outposts from South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia to Australia,” said the CPP.
“The aim is to impose its imperialist hegemony, put pressure on China and other countries to toe US economic policy and make threats of war and aggression against any country who refuse to uphold US imperialist trade and investment policy directives.”
The US Pacific Command currently maintains a force of more than 80,000 armed troops in the Asia-Pacific including 30,000 troops stationed in US bases in South Korea and 50,000 American troops in Japan.