Increased risk of nuke accident in Subic with frequent US sub dockings—CPP
December 29, 2012

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the docking of the USS Bremerton (USS-698) at Subic Bay as an affront against Philippine sovereignty and raised concerns on the risk of a nuclear accident with the increasingly frequent dockings of US nuclear-powered and -capable warships in Subic and other parts of the Philippines.

The CPP cited a secret memorandum issued by the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in March 2011 which pointed out that nuclear-powered submarines are highly vulnerable to a core-meltdown similar to the Fukushima meltdown.

The CPP said not a few US naval warships and submarines have met with accidents while on port, including the recent fire of a US nuclear-powered naval ship in Japan.

The CPP pointed out that there have been at least 80 dockings over the past year before the scheduled docking of the USS Bremerton today. Virtually everyday there are American ships either docked in Philippine ports or patrolling Philippine seas.

The CPP moreover denounced the docking of the USS Bremerton as “an affront on Philippine sovereignty as it is part of the US imperialists’ overall design to use the Philippines as a depot for its prepositioned weapons of mass of destruction that could be used against any country posing a challenge to US hegemonism in the Asia-Pacific region,” said the CPP.

“The Filipino people demand an end to the Aquino regime’s policy of giving the US all-out freedom to enter Philippine territory and use the country as a large American military base for its operations,” said the CPP."