March 4, 2023 at Kamuning Forum
At the start of February of 2023 the Filipino nation was shocked by the announcement of the BBM government that the expansion of the U.S. EDCA bases would be pursued, contrary to expectations from the records of actions and statements of BBM the past decades going back to 2014 when he stood with the anti-EDCA senators in the Senate with constitutional luminaries like the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and 14 other senators voting to reject the EDCA in 2015.
The concerned and nationalist forces of Philippine society was quick to act and launch the political awareness and public education campaign to bare the extreme danger the country has been exposed to by the BBM government’s surrender to this malevolent plot to establish U.S. military bases to Northern Luzon sites in close proximity to Taiwan, namely Cagayan Province and Isabela, and in Palawan in close proximity to U.S. designated provocation spots against China in the SCS.
At the same time the reinstatement of US-PHIL joint sea patrols was also announced, an outrageous matter since the US is a Western power extending its long military arm to reach 13,356 kms. across the Pacific Ocean to patrol the South China Sea over which it seeks to maintain hegemony against the will of Asian nations in a continuation of Gunboat Diplomacy reminiscent of the 500 years of Western invasions of Asia and its nations – particularly the littoral countries of the South China Sea.
The sovereign Filipino people promptly denounced the BBM government and opposed these neo-colonial initiatives as concerned and patriotic sectors of Philippines society launched the national awareness campaign of these alarming betrayals of the Philippines’ and Asia’s peace, stability, security and prosperity by the BBM government with its geopolitical master the imperialist USA. In just this short two weeks the anti-EDCA, anti-Proxy War, anti-Joint Sea Patrols movements has won early victories.
Senator Imee R. Marcos has followed through anti-EDCA, anti-Proxy War, anti-Joint Sea Patrols movement with the Senate hearings the highlighted the EDCA bases sites Local Leaders’ Opposition to the EDCA Bases – particularly Cagayan Province Gov. Manuel N. Mamba who exposed the U.S. Embassy’s bullying to press their demand for bases. Sen. Imee Marcos stated categorically her support of the local officials’ opposition to the EDCA bases.
The first triumph against the EDCA bases’ expansion and retention has been achieved as the Americans and their minions in the BBM government, namely DND Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. yielded at the Sen. Imee committee hearing that “We might change the locations depending on the agreement…” This willingness to change sites must result in willingness to quit the project altogether and permanently rid the country of these pernicious American imperialists from the country.
From the forum format of the struggle the anti-EDCA, anti-Proxy War, anti-US/PHIL Joint Sea Patrol the movement today starts the nationwide mass movement to mobilize the people in protests actions in the streets of every nook and cranny of the country. Today begins the first step in the thousand miles march until the U.S. and its alliances (NATO, AUKUS, QUAD, etc.) are pushed out of Asia and the ASEAN’s Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (ZOPFAN) and SEA Nuclear Free Zone!
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