Filipino Women March Against US Military Expansion in the Philippines and the Pacific

 

Unity Statement
Alliance of Progressive Labor
March 8, 2012

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2012, we, Filipino women declare in strongest terms possible, our opposition not only to increased presence but to U.S. military presence per se on Philippine soil.

The United States is increasing its military presence in Asia-Pacific, in particular in the Philippines, and the Philippine government is showing no qualms in allowing this to happen.

A news account recently reported of the United States’ plan to increase its military aid to “boost” Philippine defense; the promised aid will amount to US$144 million, reflecting an increase of more than US$20 million on the previous amount. In another earlier news article, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas was quoted as saying his government had spent US$50 million for the upgrading of Philippine military facilities.

To continue reading the Unity Statement, click here.

For additional reporting on the issue:

US Military Expansion, and Attitudes Towards Fiji  95bFM  March 12, 2012

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