Tags: Visiting Forces Agreement

BY EMILY VITAL Bulatlat Breaking News May 31, 2007 – 6:02pm Some 60 members of militant groups staged a picket in front of the Australian Embassy in Makati City, May 31, to protest the signing of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the Philippines and Australia. Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is in Australia for a…

The passage of the anti-terror bill is expected to spur more economic and military aid for the Arroyo government, in exchange for deepening its involvement in the U.S.-led “War on Terror” and protecting America’s economic stake in the Philippines, independent think-tank IBON Foundation said Sept. 1. Posted by Bulatlat.com The passage of the anti-terror bill…

A new witness to the alleged rape by six U.S. marines of a 22-year old Filipina has emerged. In an exclusive interview with Bulatlat, the witness narrated how an “almost naked woman” from a Starex van was dumped almost in front of her on that fateful night of November 1. She also said an orange…

By Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares COUNSELS FOR THE DEFENSE OF LIBERTIES (CODAL) Posted by Bulatlat.com Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be committing a culpable violation of the 1987 Constitution if she allows the United States to continue exercising absolute custody over the six US Marines accused of rape and transfer the accused to Okinawa, Japan. Under…

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye’s statement last week calling on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s opponents and critics to refrain from making a political issue out of the Subic rape case misses the whole point — that the rape of a Filipina by visiting U.S. troops cannot be anything but a political issue. BY ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO Bulatlat.com…

Members of the women’s groups Gabriela and Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP) picketed the U.S. Embassy in Manila Nov. 5 to condemn the rape of a 22-year-old Filipina in Subic, Zambales (138 kms. north of Manila) by six U.S. Marine servicemen on Nov. 1. They demanded the pull-out of U.S. troops from the Philippines and called…

The record of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the U.S. government reveals that she will not likely support any legal action against five U.S. Marines who are accused of gang-raping a Filipino woman on Nov. 1. By Bulatlat The record of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)…