U.S. Tramples on Philippine Sovereignty

(From 1/19 statement of the Communist Party of the Philippines.)

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today assailed the Arroyo regime for its obsequious acceptance of the US government's decision to maintain custody of four US servicemen accused of raping a 22-year old Filipina in November 2005.

CPP spokesperson Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said the Arroyo regime "surrendered the nation's sovereignty" in refusing to serve the warrant of arrest issued by the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court January 13 after the US Embassy invoked the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and insisted on maintaining custody of the four rape suspects.

Rosal condemned what he called the US government's "superpower arrogance and complete disdain for the Filipino nation" in refusing to hand over the accused servicemen.

He said...that the VFA was formulated precisely to shield US soldiers from being covered by the Philippine justice system.

"The VFA, the manner with which the US invokes it and the Arroyo regime's acquiescence to US wishes are clear affronts on Philippine sovereignty," Rosal remarked. "The status of the Philippines as a US neocolony is further emphasized in this so-called extraordinary case where the Philippine justice system has no authority nor custody of these American servicemen accused of a heinous crime."

Rosal said the US government's refusal to surrender the American servicemen underscores "the justness and legitimacy of the long-standing patriotic demand for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement."

He called for the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement, as well as the Mutual Defense Treaty and other unequal military treaties between the Philippines and the US.