MESSAGE TO THE JAPAN AALA DELEGATION
Professor Roland G. Simbulan
University of the Philippines
(Message during the reception-dinner for the Japan AALA delegation,
Manila Hotel, Dec. 5, 2017)
May I welcome the Japan AALA (Japan Asia-Africa-Latin America Solidarity Council) delegation to our country which since 1987 has a constitution that bans nuclear weapons on our territory. We are a country that is not only free officially, from nuclear-weapons, but we are also proud to be free from any operational nuclear power plants.
We are thankful to host Japan AALA because your continued activities for international solidarity of the Japanese, Asian, African and Latin American peoples is a formidable shield against U.S.-Japanese domination and aggression in many parts of the world. Japan AALA, I am told, has promoted anti-war, anti-U.S. bases and anti-neoliberal globalization campaigns in solidarity with oppressed but struggling peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are united with you in spirit and in actions on these issues, as we also continue to be actively engaged like you, in the international campaign against nuclear power plants – the seeds and breeders of deadly nuclear weapons.
Like you, we oppose imperialist wars of aggression and any kind of military intervention under the U.S.-led military alliances. The U.S. keeps many military bases and U.S. military forces so that they can use these to attack other nations that dare oppose U.S. military intervention and aggression. Under the terms of the Philippine-U.S. Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), U.S. forces now once again use our territory against other nations, and to intervene in the internal affairs of our country. In Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, the enemies of the United States will attack our national territories and potentially bring harm to our people only because the governments of host nations allow U.S. forces to carry out their military operations using our territories. We are one with you in your struggle against the expansion of U.S. bases in Okinawa, Iwakuni and Kanagawa, etc..
We seek an independent foreign policy where we are friends to all nations and enemy of none. The more we allow the militarization of our country’s territory by allowing a foreign country to maintain its foreign bases and allow the deployment and transit of nuclear weapons, the more we endanger our own people and nation and bring it to the brink of annihilation.
In order to strengthen international solidarity against U.S. imperialist aggression and intervention, like you, we seek to develop the unity of all anti-imperialist forces all over the world which are struggling for peace with justice, for a world free of foreign military bases and freedom from the threat of nuclear weapons. We believe that your struggle is our struggle.
It is of urgent necessity for all countries and their peoples to unite and forge a solid united front for a world that is free of nuclear weapons and also free of foreign military bases.
This is the message that I would like to convey to the Japan AALA delegation to the Philippines.
June 6, 2017.