Australian solidarity efforts against Philippine – Australian Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA)
Dear Senator Lee Rhiannon
The Greens may wish to issue a statement or ask a question in Parliament about the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between Australia and the Philippines currently before the Philippines Senate for ratification.
Ratification requires a two-thirds majority in the Philippines Senate if it is to allow any foreign military forces to go onto Philipine territory. It has been delayed because seven Filipino Senators now oppose it. If eight Senators oppose it this will block the bill when it is reconsidered in late July.
Anti-war groups in the Philippines are calling for urgent solidarity from the movement in Australia in our struggle to block this military agreement which is going to be detrimental to the people of the Philippines. All the anti-war groups and progressive parties are uniting for another demonstration outside the Australian embassy in Manila on June 20.
For more information see:
*Protests hit Philippines-Australia military deal*
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by
Australian mining companies are already ravaging the traditional land of Indigenous peoples in the Philippines and now they are hoping to get ratified a military agreement that will allow Australian troops to enter the Philippines for “combined training, exercises, or other activities mutually approved by the Parties”. Protests broke out in Manila on June 6,
2012 as the Philippines Senate was deliberating the ratification of this controversial ‘visiting forces’ military pact with the Australian government that had been signed by the disgraced former President Gloria Arroyo in 2007. Anti-war groups in the Philippines are seeking Australian solidarity for their campaign to block the ratification. Green Left TV spoke to Reihana Mohideen, an anti-war and socialist activist in Manila.
Read also: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51286
Contact details for Reihana Mohideen: firstname.lastname@example.org
+63 908 887 7702
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on June 13th 2012