Condemn the Servility of the Arroyo
Government to the US Superpower! Fight for Genuine Independence
everybody views the springing of Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith from his
Makati prison to the US embassy as brazen, deceitful and unthinkable.
As a people we are outraged by the extreme puppetry of the Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) regime.
than the rape perpetrated by an American soldier against a Filipino
woman, Nicole’s case is a testimony to the continuing and
historical violation of Philippine sovereignty by the US and to
the servility of Philippine governments to its number one imperialist
its role as the former colonial power, the US has historically imposed
onerous military agreements and treaties on Philippine governments
such as the Military Bases Agreement, the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty,
the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement and the Visiting Forces Agreement
(VFA). The VFA was signed by deposed President Joseph Estrada under
the guise of the global anti-terrorism campaign. However, as US
wars of aggression brought shock and awe to the world, its anti-terrorism
campaign has proven to be a fig-leaf for its imperialist geo-political
and economic agenda.
The VFA is a lop-sided agreement that allows US military troops
in the country thus compromising Philippine sovereignty, territorial
integrity and self-determination.
Allowing indefinite number of US troops with indefinite duration,
unspecified areas and undefined activities through the VFA is definitely
onerous. Moreover, this agreement has made criminal jurisdiction
of the Philippines inutile. Under it, the Philippine government
cannot really penalize any US personnel for crimes committed against
Filipinos thus effectively granting them immunity from criminal
prosecution. The VFA also endangers the country with the entry of
weapons of mass destruction.
of it is the power that VFA has given to the US to intervene in
our internal affairs. This is an affront to our national sovereignty.
rape case involving a Filipina known as Nicole and visiting US soldiers
has once again put to test the integrity of Philippine government
to protect its people against erring American troops. From day one
of the celebrated trial, the Arroyo government has abandoned its
duty to protect Nicole as a citizen. It has sabotaged the case through
the absence of government assistance, degrading pronouncements of
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales against the victim and favoring
the exoneration of co-accused Carpentier, Duplantis and Silkwood,
plotting an extra-judicial settlement through public prosecutor
Atty. Emilie Fe De los Santos, and eventually the Malacanang-assisted
escape of convicted rapist Lance Cpl. Daniel Smith from the Makati
prison. In truth and in fact, GMA has no intention to protect the
interest of the Filipina rape victim.
dubbed the custody drama not only as a contempt of court, but a
treachery that signals the complete breakdown of the rule of law.
Indeed, the executive branch has brazenly trampled on the jurisdiction
of the judiciary with its order to transfer Smith to the US embassy
in the absence of a court order. It was a case of the executive
doing the functions of the judiciary, which violated the separation
of powers by the branches of the government.
of the government’s response revealed the crumbling state
of the GMA regime. As a client-state, the Philippines is ruled by
an unstable presidency which is bound to collapse unless sustained
support is provided by its master, the US. GMA’s appeal for
understanding in the name of diplomatic relations is an admission
that she cannot afford to rock the ties between the two countries
because she badly needs US backing to remain in power, along with
expected military aid from Balikatan exercises. Thus, she must do
everything to court and maintain US support for her administration.
Filipino people are fighting back. Armed with the nationalist fire
which resulted in the abrogation of the Bases Agreement and the
closure of US military camps in 1991 we will not allow US arrogant
posturing to prevail. The justice for Nicole campaign will continue
eventually leading to the abrogation of Visiting Forces Agreement
and the ouster of GMA’s puppet regime for this does not only
involve the rape of a Filipino woman but the rape of our nation.
Justice for Nicole!
ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples Alliance; Innabuyog-Gabriela MB; Gabriela-Youth;
Migrante MB; Cordillera Ecumenical Movement for Action and Transformation;
Kilusang Mayo Uno; Organisasyon dagiti Nakurapay nga Umili ti Syudad;
League of Filipino Students; Progressive Igorots for Social Action;
Anakbayan MB; Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera; Cordillera Afong;
Alliance of Concerned Teachers MB