CPP denounces docking of US Navy nuclear warship in Manila

By CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today assailed the docking of the US nuclear-powered USS George Washington at the Manila Bay tomorrow as "a grave insult and affront on Philippine sovereignty." This signals intensified US military intervention in local counter-insurgency operations and emphasizes the use of the country as a base for the asserting of US might in the region, said the CPP.

The USS George Washington had earlier docked in Manila just over three weeks ago, ostensibly for a goodwill visit.

It has a 6,000-strong force and is part of the US Navy's 7th Fleet based in Japan. The CPP anticipates the docking of more US warships in the Philippines as was discussed by US State Department officials and Philippine President Benigno Aquino last July.

The CPP said US military advisers are to "feel out the new security and defense officials of the Aquino regime, consult and advise the Philippine government on the conduct and progress of its 'counter-insurgency' operations. The US advisers are focused on helping design the next internal security operational plan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) under the new puppet regime to succeed the Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) that has been extended from its original deadline last June, pending the issance of a new plan by the start of 2011."

"US military officials are also in the Philippines to get assurances from the new puppet government that it will not cause the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)," said the CPP, pointing out that the Filipino people demand the junking of the VFA and all other unequal military treaties between the US and Philippines. Long-standing calls from several quarters, including a few senators, seeking the review or outright repudiation of the VFA have been reiterated recently.

"The docking of nuclear-powered and -capable US warships also violates a provision of the reactionary constitution," the CPP said further.

"Behind all their 'goodwill visits' and participation in 'socio-civic activities,' US forces are insiduously carrying out military intervention, including satellite and electronic surveillance against the revolutionary forces, advising and participating in counter-guerrilla operations in the field, provision of military war materiel and training of puppet military forces," The CPP added.

The CPP called on patriotic and freedom-loving Filipino people to take the Aquino regime to task for allowing US interventionism in the Philippines.

Marco Valbuena
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