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Saturday, September 14, 2013
A PROGRESSIVE group thinks United States President Barack Obama's scheduled visit to the Philippines next month could indicate that the planned increased rotational presence of American troops in the Philippines is already a "done deal."
"The agreement could be signed anytime soon, or even during Obama’s visit. This sets the stage for US de facto basing in our country, in violation of our Constitution and our sovereignty," Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary general Renato Reyes, Jr. said.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Obama will visit the Philippines on October 11 to 12 and will meet with President Aquino to "discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance, including the expansion of our security, economic, and people-to-people ties."
Bayan believes that the agreement would grant the US government de facto bases and would be a throwback to the Cold War era bases of Clark and Subic.
"The US has not even paid a single cent to the Philippine government for the destruction of the Tubbataha reef yet here is the Philippine government welcoming more US warships to enter our waters," Reyes pointed out.
Reyes was referring to the USS Guardian, which ran aground at the Tubbataha Reef on January 17, damaging at least 2,345 square meters.
The group will hold a protest in front of the US embassy on Monday, September 16, the same date when the Senate in 1991 rejected the US bases treaty. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)