STATEMENT BY THE PHILIPPINE WORKING GROUP AGAINST MILITARISM
on the reported rape of Filipino women by US military personnel
The Philippine Working Group (PWG) of the International Women’s Network Against
Militarism (formerly called East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women’s Network Against
Militarism) calls for the immediate investigation on the report of 6 US marines
who raped a 22-year old Filipino woman in Subic, Olongapo City (Philippine
Daily Inquirer, 4 November 2005), and the prosecution of the American
personnel. The US personnel were part of the contingent on board the aircraft
carrier USS Essex which “departed yesterday along with the dock landing ship
USS McHenry and the amphibious transport dock USS Juneau.”
This is not the first time that sexual crimes against Filipino women and youth
have been reported. Unfortunately, in the past and particularly during the
presence of the US military bases in the country, many of these sexual crimes
and other crimes committed not only against women but of Filipino nationals had
not been resolved. In many instances, the erring US personnel simply
disappeared and secretly taken out of the country.
The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) under which the presence of the US
personnel and US military vessels and aircrafts are contextualized has
provisions that any offense or crime committed by American military personnel
that violates the laws of both the US and the Philippines, and that the
Philippines as the host country has the primary right to exercise jurisdiction
over the prosecution.
We expect the Philippine Government to exercise this right, and to uphold the
laws of the land.
We condemn in the strongest term possible the continuing violations and crimes
being committed by the US military personnel and other military institutions
against Filipino women and youth.
We expect the Philippine Government to uphold the dignity of and respect for
all Filipinos that are being trampled by foreign powers and in particular by
the militarist ethos of the US military establishment.
We condemn all forms of militarism and violence perpetrated by all military
establishments. We demand justice for the women violated by the US military
Amnesty (AI) International – Pilipinas
BUKLOD Women’s Center
KAISA – Ka
People’s Task Force on Bases Clean Up (PTFBC)
WomanHealth – Philippines
Women’s Education, Development, Productivity Research & Advocacy Organization
Reference: Aida F. Santos
PWG Secretariat: WEDPRO, Inc. (email@example.com)
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 Nov. 15th 2005