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Leyte Landing equals Philippine recolonization, not liberation

Communist Party of the Philippines

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the so-called Leyte Landing, when US armed forces led by Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed on Palo Beach, Leyte, and declared “I have returned… Our forces stand again on Philippine soil.”

Apologists of US imperialism deceitfully describe the armed reinvasion of the Philippines by the US armed forces as “liberation” of the country from the Japanese colonizers. In truth, the arrival of US forces in Leyte was anything but liberation. The reinvasion of the Philippines in 1944 and the succeeding defeat and withdrawal of Japanese forces was part of the overall plan of the US imperialists to reestablish colonial power and eventually prepare the ground for semicolonial rule.

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