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Volume 2, Number 26 August 4-10, 2002 Quezon City, Philippines
Pattern of Deception & Disinformation
Capt. Danilo P. Vizmanos (Ret.)
"US Troops Out N ow!"
pattern of deception, disinformation, duplicity, impositions and political
has been the thrust of US power politics in persistent attempts to restore
permanent US military presence in the Philippines. What makes it unconscionable
is the Arroyo government's conspiracy with the Bush administration in making a
mockery of the Constitution and a travesty of the national sovereignty.
the conspirators said that Exercise Balikatan 02-1 is just an ordinary training
exercise. Later, it turns out to be a military operation involving combat troops
from the US Special Forces
they said that only 600 American troops would be involved. This was a lie
because eventually there would be 1,240 US troops in Basilan and Zamboanga.
they said that Balikatan 02-1 is an anti-terrorism exercise directed mainly
against the Abu Sayyaf group. This turned out to be another lie because later,
550 US naval construction personnel and security forces suddenly appeared in
Basilan to undertake so-called "civic action" projects.
they said that the military exercise would be limited to six months. Now they
are talking about extending it indefinitely until God-knows-when by using
the open-ended civic action projects as justification.
they said that there is no intention to prolong the stay of US forces in the
country. It turns out that all along, there has been a conspiracy between DND/AFP
and US Pacific Command authorities to impose a Mutual Logistics Support
Arrangement (MLSA). This is a deceptive title for the restoration of US military
bases and facilities in the country.
they say that the MLSA is intended primarily to benefit the AFP in terms of
logistics support. But a closer look at the so-called "arrangement"
reveals that its aim is to provide US forces with permanent access and basing
rights in the country
The unusual secretiveness of the conspirators is explained in Part 3 of
the deceptive arrangement which provides the following support and services to
permanent US military presence in the country:
transportation (including airlift), communication services, medical services,
base operations support (and construction incident to base operations support),
storage services, training services, repair and maintenance services,
calibration services, and port services.
key provision of the MLSA actually provides all the essential features of a
military base complex. Undoubtedly imposed by the US government, the MLSA is
intended to replace the defunct military bases agreement through circumvention
of Article 18, Section 25 of the Constitution.
order to ensure its approval, the conspirators in Malacanang and the Bush
administration have to get rid of Foreign Secretary Teofisto Guingona who is
considered as a major stumbling block to the designs of US power politics in the
Why is it that among southeast Asian countries, it is only the
Philippines that has acceded to US military presence and intervention in the
country's internal affairs?
answer is because the national leaders in the other countries are imbued with a
high sense of nationalism, national
dignity, national pride and self-respect
which are sterling qualities of leadership that make the difference between a
prestigious nation in contrast to a vassal state that describes the
colonial-oriented and subservient Arroyo government today.
to the latest opinion survey, more and more Filipinos have despaired and lost
hope on what they describe as an inutile and
rotten system of governance. Subjectively, this reflects a growing
political awareness among the people, particularly the victimized toiling
masses. Sooner or later, through political education and enlightenment, they
will come to know the true role of US military forces and their local proxies as
coercive instruments of US power politics in the country.
they will also come to know the dominant role played by US imperialist policies
and impositions, particularly the so-called "free market"
globalization, that explains the perpetuation of mass and grinding poverty,
wretchedness of living conditions and unabated suffering of the oppressed,
exploited and marginalized toiling masses in Philippine society.
the people will eventually realize that a truly just and liberated Philippine
society can only be achieved through arduous people's struggle.
Punitive acts of suppression and repression by the State will only serve
to hasten the eruption of the long smoldering and rumbling social volcano!