Flon Faurillo /
Nicole’s Fight is the Nation’s Battle
of “Nicole” by four U.S. Marines in Subic, Zambales last year is not an
issue confined to her. It has implications on the much-ballyhooed RP-U.S.
“special relations.” The RP-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), one of the
highlights of these “special relations,” serves as the basis of the
Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement
(MLSA) which grant extra-territorial and extra-judicial “rights” and
provide basing arrangements to U.S. troops visiting the country for joint
military “exercises.” These agreements violate constitutional provisions
barring the presence of foreign troops on Philippine soil – which are
among the portions to be affected by the charter change drive being pushed
by the Arroyo administration – and, in the final analysis, are what pave
the way for atrocities against the likes of “Nicole.” Nicole’s fight is,
then, ultimately the nation’s battle.
Salungguhit literally means to
underline; figuratively, to
underscore or highlight.
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