April 07, 2013
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the puppet Aquino regime for its obsequious policy of all-out support to the US military’s aggression in the Korean Peninsula and preparations for an interventionist war against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The Filipino people oppose the Aquino regime’s policy of supporting US war preparations and aggression against the DPRK. It is an unjust war that seeks only to make the freedom-loving people and government of the DPRK kneel to the power of the US imperialists and subject the country to the exploitation and oppression of foreign monopoly capitalists.
The Filipino people and their revolutionary forces join the Korean people in demanding an end to the acts of military aggression and encirclement by the US against the DPRK, the pull-out of 30,000 American troops from South Korea, the lifting of the economic blockade and efforts to prevent the DPRK from developing its nuclear, rocket and space technology for scientific and economic advancement.
Declaring a state of war, displaying its military prowess and issuing bellicose threats is the DPRK’s way of fighting more than half a century of imperialist aggression and unjust imposition of restrictions. A peaceful resolution to the brewing military tensions in the Korean Peninsula can only be achieved through the immediate pull-out of US troops and respect for the national sovereignty and right to self-determination of the DPRK and the aspirations of the Korean people for reunification.
Pronouncements by Foreign Secretary Alberto del Rosario that the Philippines will help the US military in launching war on the DPRK as part of its obligations under the 1951 RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) reveal the Aquino regime’s extreme obsequiousness to its US hegemonist masters. Del Rosario’s pronouncements were made just a few days after receiving instructions from US State Secretary John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel whom he met in Washington.
The Aquino regime’s claim that it is the Philippines’ obligation under the MDT to support the US is in stark contrast to recent statements made by the US declaring that it is under no obligation to automatically come to the Philippines’ aid in case a military conflict over the Spratly Islands breaks out. The US government insists that it will only carry out such a measure upon the approval of the US Congress in line with US interests.
For long, the US has been drawing the Philippines into its wars of aggression and intervention. The 7,500-strong Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) was deployed in 1950 and was placed under the command of the United States military in Korea. Under the MDT, the Philippines deployed the Philippine Civic Action Group (PhilCAG) to support the US in its war of occupation of Vietnam in the 1960s.
The US’ acts of aggression and war preparations against the DPRK are in line with its aim of further strengthening US hegemony in the Asia-Pacific. By declaring its unequivocal support to the acts of aggression and war preparations in the Korean peninsula, the Aquino regime displays absolute submission to the US and complete absence of an independent foreign policy.
The Filipino people condemn Aquino’s servility to the US. Since assuming the presidency with US support in 2010, Aquino has served as a willing pawn of the US government and military. He has put into place the full access policy allowing the US military to dock its warships and land its jetfighters anywhere in the Philippines in a show of absolute contempt for Philippine sovereignty.
They Filipino people demand the repudiation of Aquino’s “full access policy” for the US military. They demand the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allows American military troops to swagger like overlords in full disregard of Philippine laws.
The Filipino people demand the abrogation of the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty which has long been used by the US to compel the Philippine government to support the US in whatever unjust war it launches against countries that stand for their own independence and right to self-determination.