A day before U.S. Pres. Barrack Obama’s arrival in the Philippines, overseas Filipinos and Filipino communities from all over the world held simultaneous US flag-burning and protest activities to condemn the US government for preying on the Filipino people and the country’s resources.
Migrante International led today’s International Day of Action to mark protest of Filipinos worldwide against the US Pivot to the Asia Pacific region and Oceania. “Obama’s recent visits to Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines are meant to secure the US’ war-mongering and selfish interests in the region,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.
He said that today’s International Day of Action also strongly condemns the Aquino administration’s “outright and shameless puppetry and subservience to the US neoliberal agenda”.
Today, overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, South Korea , Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Austria, Europe and the United States held simultaneous protest actions and flag-burning activities and participated in the International Day of Protest.
In the Philippines, members of Migrante International burned US flags in Quezon City, Manila and Caloocan. Chapters and members of Migrante International will also participate in various multisectoral rallies and protest activities worldwide on April 28-29, dates of Obama’s visit in the Philippines.
“The message of Filipinos around the world is loud and clear. Obama, you are not welcome in the Philippines. Stop plundering our resources and exploiting our people. US troops are not welcome in the Asia Pacific. US bases should be kicked out in other parts of the world,” Martinez said.
The US presently has 265 bases in 41 countries, Logistics Agreement with 76 countries and Status of Forces Agreements with 121 countries. In the Philippines, the Visiting Forces Agreement is set to be further reinforced by the Aquino government signing into the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement “which will virtually transform the whole Philippines into one big US military base”, said Martinez.
“Obama and the US government will make the Philippines its frontline of defense. The agreement will make us vulnerable to attacks from enemies of the US, and BS Aquino, the ever-reliable puppet, is allowing it,” Martinez said.
He said that the Aquino government’s railroading of charter change is also a “welcome present” to Obama. “Aquino’s cha-cha, allowing 100% foreign ownership of land, businesses, industries and resources in the Philippines will make Filipinos squatters in our own homeland.”
Migrante International called on all freedom-loving and patriotic Filipinos around the world to join protests against increased US intervention and aggression in the Philippines and in the Asia Pacific. ###