The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced the Aquino regime for proposing greater US military presence in the Philippines should armed conflict break out in the Korean peninsula.
"The Filipino people demand a stop to US interventionism, provocation and aggression against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and denounce the Aquino regime for blindly supporting US warmongering and for allowing the Philippines to be used as a military outpost and instrument of US hegemonism in the Asia-Pacific region," said the CPP.
The proposal to allow the entry of more US troops in the Philippines was voiced by Aquino's Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin yesterday who said that increased US military troop presence would be allowed in the face of heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula. Gazmin further hinted at the possibility of setting up US military bases as an "extreme measure".
"The Aquino regime is exhibiting extreme obseqiousness to its American overlords," said the CPP. Earlier, Aquino's Foreign Affairs Secretary insisted that in case of armed conflict between the US and the DPRK, the Philippines would be obliged to support the US under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).
"As it is, the Philippines is already serving as a US military outpost as a result of the Aquino regime's policy of providing full-access to the US military. US naval warships and fighter jets regularly dock and land in order to refuel, resupply and provide rest and recreation to US interventionist troops," pointed out the CPP. "A large 700-strong contingent of US soldiers under the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) is permanently stationed in Zamboanga."
"US interventionism in the Philippines has now reached unprecedented heights since the dismantling of the US military bases in 1991," added the CPP. "Aquino's shameless puppetry to the US imperialists and policy of full access have resulted in the sharp depreciation of Philippine sovereignty and caused the complete subordination of the Philippines to the dominant power of the US."
The CPP asserted that a peaceful resolution to the armed conflict in the Korean peninsula can only be achieved by the withdrawal of 30,000 American troops in US military bases in South Korea, the lifting of the economic blockade and respecting the right to self-determination of the DPRK and its right to technological development for economic and scientific advancement.