By Herman Tiu Laurel
February 6, 2023 Media Forum with ACPSSII, PM, others.
The real intention behind the now expanded 9 US bases in the Philippines is exposed in the recent statement of the U.S. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) prime mover of the US-Philippines defense cooperation Gregory Poling, “… access to sites in northern Luzon would help US efforts to deter any Chinese move against Taiwan by putting the waters to the south of the island within range of shore-based missiles.”
The US-Philippine security pacts are supposed to be for the mutual protection, why is the U.S. bringing Taiwan into the equation? Thus, even if the three security agreements were legal and constitutional, which they are not, we can see the real US intention is to use these bases for its own war plans against its perceived adversaries. The bases then open the Philippines to preemptive or retaliatory strikes of the U.S. adversaries.
The statement of Greg Poling makes it clear that the U.S. will be installing offensive missiles in the U.S. bases under EDSA, both those in the north of Luzon and those in the Southwest of Palawan and Mindanao to aim at Chinese forces. The PBBM administration and its defense and diplomatic officials that collaborating with the Americans in committing this crime will answer to history for this – and PBBM will be the guiltiest if this is not averted.
The real intention behind the US-PHL defense pacts is treacherous, and resident Rodrigo R. Duterte recognized this hence did what he could do in his short six-year term to stymie these mutual US. -PHL defense cooperation projects, almost ending the MDT, VFA and EDCA, preventing the AFP from joining US-led foreign multinational naval joint patrols and drills, and even declared a “separation from the U.S.”, but it seems the PBBM administration is apparently these initiatives.
The U.S. is known as the “rogue state” for its uninterrupted chain of wars and proxy wars since the end of the Second World War, mostly unsanctioned by the United Nations. The latest of these wars is the US war against Russia through its proxies NATO and Ukraine with the aim of exhausting Russia for a final kill and then moving on to bring its containment of China to another level – a war to end the peaceful rise of China using Taiwan and the Philippines as proxies.
The U.S. and its surrogate powers such as NATO, some E.U. countries, are also moving towards Asia with their malevolent strategies following the U.S. lead. After the tour of US defense secretary Austin of US Asian “allies”, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg is following. Then U.S. House Speaker is following the footsteps of Nancy Pelosi in 2022 to provoke China once again, and three U.S. defense related high officials have come out in public and predicted war with China by 2025.
China is no pushover, the U.S. lost to China in the Korean War when China was still without tanks and planes, the U.S. lost to the Vietnamese backed by China in the Vietnam War, the U.S. premier think tank Rand Corporation war-gamed several times a US-China war in the SCS and the U.S. invariably lost or suffered unjustifiable costs. The U.S. will not fight China directly, it will do it with proxies like the Philippines and fight to the last drop of blood – of Filipinos.
Reject and denounce the EDCA, VFA and MDT pacts with the U.S. Work with the U.N. , BRICS, for “Forever Peace” and the “Community of Shared Future for Mankind”