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Police armed with truncheons, shields, and water hoses defended the United States Embassy in Manila Wednesday, when 100′s of concerned citizens rallied to oppose a visit by President Barack Obama and a looming pact that will increase the American military presence in the Philippines.
Riot policemen blocked the people near the heavily fortified embassy compound, but the protesters tried to make their way to the Embassy.
Some of the protesters carried paper US flags with the message: “Obama, not welcome.”
“Obama’s visit is not a symbol of friendship, but signals the US’ plan to re-occupy the Philippines. He will meet with his puppet Aquino to push for measures that would further tighten the US’ economic, military and all-around control over the country,” said Roger Soluta, secretary-general of labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno, one of the groups presented at the protest.
KMU warned that it will hold protests when Obama sets his foot in the country on April 28. The civil disturbance and management teams of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are already preparing for the protests, especially in areas identified as “no rally zones,” said PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Sindac.
The Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) will allow more US troops, aircraft, and ships to be temporarily stationed in selected Philippine military camps as a counterweight to China and as a standby disaster-response force.
“By allowing the US to establish de facto military bases all over the country, the Aquino government is further attacking the interests of the Filipino workers and people. The AEDC is a gross violation of our national sovereignty and poses danger to Filipinos’ lives and properties and to the country’s environment,” said Soluta.
KMU is allied with the terrorist organization NPA (New Peoples Army)which is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). They have been conducting extortion activities in areas that are under their influence. Murder of former NPA members and people suspected of being against the movement is also one of the crimes they have committed.
As with their parent organization (NDF - CPP), KMU reciprocates the assistance being provided by the Peoples Republic of China by supporting their claim on the West Philippine Sea against the government of the Republic of the Philippines.