Communist Party of the Philippines
Enlisting of US troops to help in rescue of priest, an open invitation to military intervention–Ka Oris
October 19, 2009
National Democratic Front-Mindanao spokesperson Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos denounced as an open invitation to foreign military intervention Malacañang’s enlisting of US troops to help in rescue of kidnapped Irish missionary Fr. Michael Sinnott. The 79-year-old priest was taken at gunpoint by bandits from his Columban mission house in Pagadian City on October 11.
Ka Oris said that Malacañang’s open invitation to US military intervention not only reveals the desperation, incompetence and total inutility of the puppet regime in rescuing on its own the kidnapped priest but in resolving the persistent problem of kidnap-for-ransom banditry in Mindanao.
The Mindanao NDF spokesperson also berated Malacañang mouthpiece Gary Olivar for trying to quibble that even if US forces would join in military rescue operations against Fr. Sinnott’s kidnappers, “Filipino soldiers would still lead the charge.”
Ka Oris said that “Whether Filipino or US officials lead the operations, it is still clearly military intervention for as long as US troops participate in combat operations.”
“As has already been exposed several times, US military intervention has long been going on not only in the area of operations of bandit groups in Mindanao but also in the base areas of revolutionary forces,” Ka Oris added.
“All patriotic forces should denounce the growing US military presence and interventionism and persist in the fight to attain genuine national sovereignty.”