US TROOPS OUT NOW MINDANAO COALITION
September 6, 2010
STATEMENT OPPOSING THE ARRIVAL OF USS WASHINGTON IN THE PHILIPPINES
US troops and nuclear warship most unwelcome for its danger to the Philippines
The presence of this 5,000 US soldiers aboard USS Washington is most unwelcome as it poses a threat to all Filipinos.
Having this nuclear warship USS Washington docked in Philippine shores exposes us to potential danger, and its presence is in clear violation of our Philippine Constitution in Article II Section 8 that bans the presence of nuclear weapon within Philippine territory.
Secondly, that the presence of soldiers are here for rest and recreation is also unwelcome. We recall that it was also during a rest and recreation activity of US soldiers in 2006 that resulted to the controversial Subic rape case. That the case has led to its many twists and turns, and that the accused Cpl Daniel Smith was ferreted out from jail and out of the country, show that the Philippine courts and the Filipino people are at a disadvantage in holding US troops accountable to their mischief and abuses they may commit on Philippine soil.
We also reject their calls for goodwill as it is hypocritical of its human rights violations against Filipinos, most recent is the killing of Gregan Cardeño in the US facilities in CampRanao in Marawi, and of Capt Ignacio Javier who was then helping the Cardeño family to seek justice for his death.
These reasons are strong grounds to question the Constitutionality of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that allows the presence of US troops and warships in the country. We urge Congress to abolish this agreement on the grounds of its violation to national sovereignty and the Constitution, and not to pursue any renegotiation of such anti-Filipino treaty.
US Troops Out Now Coalition
BAI ALI INDAYLA 0905-924-8424
BISHOP RUDY JULIADA
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 Sept 11th 2010