Dozens of activists marched outside the US embassy in Manila on January 28 to denounce ongoing talks with the United States on possibly expanding military cooperation between the two allies. Philippine Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin said on January 27 that the country was considering a US proposal to deploy surveillance aircraft on a "temporary, rotating basis" to enhance its ability to guard disputed areas in the South China Sea -- against China.
MANILA (January 28, 2012) -- Dozens of activists marched outside the US embassy in Manila on Saturday (January 28) to denounce ongoing talks with the United States on possibly expanding military cooperation between the two allies. Philippine defence minister Voltaire Gazmin said on Friday (January 27) the country was considering a US proposal to deploy surveillance aircraft on a temporary, rotating basis to enhance its ability to guard disputed areas in the South China Sea.
Spokesperson for the left-leaning New Patriotic Alliance, Renato Reyes said the Philippines might get caught in the middle if tensions rise between China and the US.
NEW PATRIOTIC ALLIANCE SPOKESPERSON RENATO REYES SAYING: "We are very opposed to the plans to re-align and deploy more US troops in the Philippines, and we are aware that this is in line with the US strategy to build up its armed forces in Asia to counter China. And we feel that the Philippines might be caught in the rising tension between the two countries if we allow the US to base their troops in this region."
Gazmin said there was no plan for any new US bases. The Philippines has a constitutional ban on foreign military bases on its soil. Since 2002, about 600 US commandos have been stationed in the south of the Philippines to help train and advise Philippine troops in fighting a small Islamist militant group with ties to al Qaeda.
The talks with the Philippines, follow Washington's announcement of plans to set up a Marine base in northern Australia and possibly station warships in Singapore. The Obama administration describes the moves as part of a "pivot" toward economically dynamic Asia designed to reassure allies that felt neglected during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
US Military Says Philippines Offer a Boost Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON (January 28, 2012) -- The United States on Friday welcomed the Philippines' offer to allow more US troops on its territory, saying it would boost US power in Asia, and assured it was not seeking to re-establish bases in the former colony.
The Philippines said earlier Friday that it planned to hold more joint exercises and to let more US troops rotate through the Southeast Asian country, which is embroiled in increasingly tense territorial disputes with China.
"We would welcome discussions with the Philippines along those lines, but there's no aspiration for bases in Southeast Asia," said Admiral Robert Willard, head of the US Pacific Command.
Willard said that the United States -- which stations more than 85,000 troops in Japan and South Korea -- wanted more flexible ways to bring troops into Southeast Asia without the costs of permanent bases.
He also pointed to Australia's offer to station US Marines -- announced by President Barack Obama on a visit in November -- and plans to forward-deploy littoral combat ships in Singapore.
"There is no desire nor view right now that the US is seeking basing options anywhere in the Asia-Pacific theater," Willard told a news conference in Washington.
"Initiatives such as Australia offered or such as Singapore offered to allow us to rotate forces from locations that are closer and more adjacent to Southeast Asia afford Pacific Command the opportunity to more conveniently have its presence there and felt," Willard said.
Senior officials from the Philippines and the United States held talks Thursday and Friday in Washington aimed at boosting security cooperation.
In a joint statement after the meeting, the two countries said that their six-decade alliance was important for "the peace, security and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific."
"We committed to further enhance cooperation, including in security, defense, commerce, law enforcement, human rights and disaster relief. We agreed to deepen and broaden our maritime security cooperation," the statement said.
The statement also recognized "positive developments" in the Philippines' prosecution of abuses. The United States has pressed the Philippines to improve its human rights record, including in the insurgency-torn island of Mindanao.
Despite Manila's desire for closer security cooperation, any large-scale presence of US troops would be politically sensitive in the Philippines, which voted to close down US bases in 1992.
Comments PNoy Is 10 Times More Corrupt
Than Arroyo and Marcos Combined syncmyworld
(January 29, 2012) -- Uncle Sam is like a drug pusher who uses naive or "female" countries like the Philippines as a market for his "drugs" -- junk movies, music, concerts, military equipment, nuclear power plants, etc.
Just recently, PNoy was awarded by Shell with ! billion dollars for the Malampaya Project, 80 kilometers off El Nido, Palawan. But PNoy used half a billion to buy a junk World-War-II ship from Uncle Sam's used-junk dealership, and he ordered another one plus a squadron of F-16s. All for display purposes just like the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant that is now fully paid but useless, thanks to Uncle Sam's salesmen. You have to say "No" to "special offers."
In John Perkin's book, Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Perkins narrates his guilty feelings about his life as a US spy, convincing governments to act on policies that will impoverish them for the benefit of Uncle Sam. He later turns back and renounces the US, just like the Bourne Legacy series. He also discloses leaked classified World Bank documents in the book "A Game as Old as Empire" about how the Philippines was swindled by Uncle Sam.
In a few years from now, El Nido will look like the Niger Delta, which Shell trashed through offshore drilling and is now a black sea. Chevron trashed the Amazon too, and they are being ordered to pay 6 billion dollars for trashing it. Only politicians, uncle Sam and his Western goons benefit from such deals. It's like selling your priceless kidneys to corrupt doctors for 5,000 pesos.
That 1 billion dollars could buy 100,000 electric jeepneys to replace rotten smoke-belching jeepneys. Or it could buy 100,000 low-cost homes for 100,000 poor families. Or it could provide education for 500,000 kids. There's so many things PNoy could buy but the money just went to Shell, Chevron and Uncle Sam.
The Philippine gov't even claims that Malampaya doesn't belong to Palawan because it is 80 kms away or it is too far from Palawan, which is why the nat'l gov't received most of the money. The Spratlys are much further away. Using that policy, to whom does it belong to?
It's just like the time when the British forced Opium into China and made them addicts. Then the French and Americans were able to drug them further and drugged South East Asia too. When the French did that to Vietnam, the US aided them in the Vietnam war and killed 3.5 million Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians. It's just like the Philippines when the US had to kill 1.5 million Filipinos during President Aguinaldo's time in order to make the Philippines its "drug" market.
That's why in China, even little things such as American movies are controlled. They only allow 12 foreign films a year to be broadcasted so that the local industry can thrive and the money doesn't leak out to Uncle Sam. That means only the best Hollywood films are shown in China, and the junk is left for the Philippines to pay for. Filipinos pay also for junk US concerts instead of patronizing local artists, so all the money goes to Uncle Sam.
In China, they also have an internal visa system. They don't allow people from the province to just migrate to the city unless they have a place to stay there. Squatting is a criminal act.
Many poor immigrants don't have the intelligence to foresee that they will be worse off in the city if they are just squatters. Living in a nipa hut in the province with fresh air and a quiet life is much better than a cockroach life in Manila, but provincial people don't know that.
That's why in China, the government guides all the dumb people. In contrast, all the dumb people in the Philippines are allowed to become victims by the government, and it's called it demo-crazy.
They become victims of corrupt officials like Corona who extort money from them because Filipino corrupt officials don't fear the death penalty. In contrast, in China, corrupt officials are immediately sentenced to death. Likewise with drug pushers and traffickers due to their horrifying experience with British opium pushers.
Poverty is easy to solve if you know how to say "no" to drugs and "drugs." Just look at the Chinese. Uncle Sam hates them because they are unyielding. The problem is, PNoy's Chinese side can say "no," but his Benigno Aquino, Jr. side says "yes" to Uncle Sam. You can't go anywhere when you are split like a schizophrenic or bipolar.
The corruption of Marcos and Arroyo is nothing compared to PNoy's incompetence stemming from his American-loyalist Ninoy side. Arroyo and Marcos combined only stole a few billion pesos. PNoy lost at least 44 billion pesos. He is ten times more "corrupt" than both of them.
The Philippines, just like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, which were raped by the US, will all have to learn how to say "no" in order to move out of poverty.
American chess grandmaster Bobby Fisher warned the Philippines about the US in Bombo Radyo on September 11, 2001, during the 911 attacks. He said, "I say death to the United States. Fuck the United States... Cry, you crybabies! Whine, you bastards! Now your time is coming! The US is getting what is coming to it. This is just the beginning."
What the US government really thinks is obvious. All they want to do is to sell their junk to the Philippines and use it like a whore:
"Our troops in the Philippines...look upon all Filipinos as of one race and condition, and being dark men, they are therefore 'niggers,' and entitled to all the contempt and harsh treatment administered by white overlords to the most inferior races." -- Boston Herald correspondent in the Philippines
"It may be necessary to kill half the Filipinos in order that the remaining half of the population may be advanced to a higher plane of life than their present semi-barbarous state affords." -- US General William Shafter
"I personally strung up thirty-five Filipinos without trial, so what was all the fuss over Waller's 'dispatching' a few 'treacherous savages'? If there had been more Smiths and Wallers, the war would have been over long ago. Impromptu domestic hanging might also hasten the end of the war. For starters, all Americans who had recently petitioned Congress to sue for peace in the Philippines should be dragged out of their homes and lynched." -- US Colonel Frederick Funston
"The Philippines are ours forever.... And just beyond the Philippines are China's illimitable markets. We will not retreat from either...The Pacific is our ocean... Where shall we turn for consumers of our surplus? Geography answers the question. China is our natural customer...The Philippines give us a base at the door of all the East... It has been charged that our conduct of the war has been cruel. Senators, it has been the reverse.... Senators must remember that we are not dealing with Americans or Europeans. We are dealing with Orientals." -- US Senator Albert Beverige, Republican
"Hold a moment longer! Not quite yet, gentlemen! Before you go I would like to say just a word about the Philippine business. I have been criticized a good deal about the Philippines, but don't deserve it. The truth is I didn't want the Philippines, and when they came to us, as a gift from the gods, I did not know what to do with them." -- US President McKinley, Republican
"In one hand the (Republican) party in power held aloft before our people the dazzling and misleading promise of commercial advantage (by conquering the Philippines) and the glory of rivaling monarchical expansion, while with the other it slaughtered thousands of the abject possessors of the soil it coveted, and sent messages of death and disease to thousands of American homes." -- US President Grover Cleveland, Democrat
"You seem to have about finished your work of civilizing the Filipinos. About 8,000 of them have been civilized and sent to Heaven. I hope you like it." -- Andrew Carnegie, American Industrialist, To the US Republican government under McKinley, referring to the assassination of Filipino civilians by US troops
"Take up the White Man's burden -- Send forth the best ye breed -- Go, bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait, in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild -- Your new-caught sullen (Filipino) peoples, Half devil and half child." -- Rudyard Kipling, The White Man's Burden: The United States and the Philippine Islands
"The White Man's Burden has been sung. Who will sing the Brown Man's?" -- Mark Twain, author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
"For back then, Pinoys like [Carlos] Bulosan couldn't even venture into parts of San Francisco without being harassed or beaten. In some California cities, they would have encountered signs saying, 'No Dogs and Filipinos allowed.'
"There's even that more infamous one in Stockton: 'Positively No Filipinos Allowed.'
"A photo of that sign has been reproduced in posters, books andt-shirts. It’s such a powerful image. I can imagine the Pinoys of Bulosan's time seething with rage every time they saw such signs." -- Benjamin Pimentel, Inquirer Global Nation
"The United States is evil. There's this axis of evil. What about the allies of evil -- the United States, England, Japan, Australia? These are the evildoers." -- Bobby Fisher, the only American chess grandmaster who renounced his citizenship in favor of Iceland
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