Tags: Balikatan Exercises

Tightening Philippine military involvement with the US

On May 7-18, the Duterte government will engage in its third Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States since October 2016. The exercises will have two new features: 1) participation of Japan and Australia, both America’s close cohorts in Asia and, 2) the start of construction, inside a Philippine base, of the first of…

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com Other story: Daybreak rally, protest caravans greet US-RP Balikatan exercises MANILA — Government employees held a protest action against Balikatan, a joint military exercises between the United States and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Some 4,000 U.S. troops are set to arrive today, April 16, 2012. “Government employees…

PRESS RELEASE November 16, 2010 Progressive youth groups Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students (LFS), Student Christian Movement (SCM), Karatula, College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), and National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) joined other organizations today in a march to Mendiola Bridge to mark the 6th anniversary of the infamous Hacienda Luisita…

“The Court of Appeals betrayed the Filipinos,” said Joms Salvador, GABRIELA spokesperson, during a protest rally at the US embassy. By acquitting Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith, the CA justices “have trampled on the hard-fought justice of women in the Subic rape case and the fight of all Filipinos to defend our dignity as a people.”

A National Artist for Literature, the star witness in the National Broadband Network scam, and the mother of a missing activist are among the conveners of the recently-launched Junk VFA Movement. The Junk VFA Movement describes itself as “a broad initiative that calls for the assertion of national sovereignty and the termination of the VFA (Visiting Forces Agreement).” It also calls on the Arroyo administration to regain custody of US Marine L/Cpl. Daniel Smith.

This year’s RP-U.S. Balikatan military “exercises” in Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and North Cotabato start just shortly after two sexual assaults by U.S. troops in Okinawa, Japan – in which one of the victims was a Filipina. They also come less than three years after a Filipina was raped by U.S.…

An increase in U.S. military assistance results in a corresponding increase in the number of human rights violations. During the Marcos dictatorship, the unprecedented amount of military assistance given to the government went to the persecution of people and mounting human rights violations. This is what is happening also under Arroyo. BY DR. RAINER WERNING…