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In response to the beating of a Filipino bouncer in Palawan the national democratic youth organization, Anakbayan, warned that further beatings, rapes, and abuses against the Filipino people by U.S. soldiers will continue to happen unless the Philippines gets rid of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which allows U.S. troops to take part in military exercises and combat operations in the Philippines:
Two American soldiers who are part of the ‘Balikatan’ war games, Keith Brautigan and Anthony DeSalvo, ganged up on Allen John Gapulao, a bouncer at a bar in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
“Judging from the track record of our government, especially that of the Aquino administration, in prosecuting offending foreign soldiers, we doubt that justice will be given to Mr. Gapulao” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan.
Crisostomo blamed the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the U.S, noting that the same agreement was invoked in another recent controversy, the dumping of toxic wastes by a U.S Navy contractor’s warship in Subic Bay.
The VFA was also at the center of the ‘Subic Rape case’ controversy several years ago, when four U.S Marines raped a woman in Subic.
“For sure, Noynoy Aquino and his fellow puppets at the Armed Forces and the VFA Commission will come to the defense of these offending foreigners by invoking the need to not offend the U.S, and the myth that we need American military aid” said Crisostomo.
“The claim that the U.S wants to merely defend our country out of the goodness of their hearts is highly ignorant of international realities. It ignores the fact that the U.S violated the independence of Libya by bombing it. It ignores the fact that it is the U.S who has killed thousands of civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan with its ‘predator drones’. It ignores the fact that the U.S is assisting Israel in the ongoing massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip” said the youth leader.