Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Women, Justice & Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee
STATEMENT AGAINST BALIKATANEXERCISES IN MINDANAO
Since the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) was signed under the Estrada regime and the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, thee have been on-going Balikatan military exercises in the country with the participation of U.S. troops. From 2,50 in 2000, it reaced to 6,400 American troops in 2006. In Mindanao, 25 military exerciseshave been launched since 2002.
Today, another Balikatan is being launched. Balance Piston 08 will run from Feb.18 – March 2, 2008 affecting Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon and the Lanao provinces. With the expected participation of 6 000 U.S. troops, Mindanao is virtually a war zone.
Are we going to have another Buyong-Buyong Isnijal ( a civilian shot by Sgt. Reggie Lane
in Basilan) in these places? Will U.S. troops participate in actual military operations against our pepole as they did in other places? Will thee be another Nicole? Will our women and children again be made “objects” for the U.S. soldiers’ rest and recreation? Instead of buying 100 Howitzers at P 780,000.00, can we not buy rice for our people or provide social services for them?
We, the Good Shepherd Sisters here in Mindanao gathered in Cagayan de Oro from Feb. 11-14, 2008 for our Regional Assembly say NO to Balikatan Balance Piston 208.
Enough of Balikatan Military Exercises!
Pursue Peace Talks for a Just and Lasting Peace!
US Troops OUT NOW!
( Signed by 30 Sisters of the Good Shepherd/ CGS Sisters gathered in Mindanao)
Sr. Maria Alicia Andres, RGS
1043 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City
Tel: 913-64 07
Endorsed by the Sisters’ Association of Mindanao (SAMI)
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 Mar. 02nd 2008