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Action Alert - Petition against US militarization in the Philippines
Peace Movement AotearoaPO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued 14 September 1998
This campaign is being launched by the Campaign Against US Militarisation in the Philippines.
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***** Petition to Oppose the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)
We, the undersigned, join in solidarity with the Filipino people to oppose the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the United States and the Philippines.
The VFA violates principles of mutual respect and reciprocal relations which should characterize relations between nations, unfairly advancing the interests of the United States over that of the Philippines.
During the occasion of the Philippine Centennial, the VFA is a betrayal of the true spirit of the centennial of the revolution, dishonoring the memory of thousands who fought against foreign aggression and colonization.
ULTIMATELY THE VFA IS A THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY OF THE FILPINO PEOPLE.
The Filipino people overwhelmingly opposed U.S. military presence in the Philippines when the Senate in 1991 opposed the renewal of the U.S.-Philippine military bases agreement-and they oppose it now!
BACKGROUND ON THE VISITING FORCES AGREEMENT (VFA) AND US MILITARIZATION IN THE PHILIPPINES:
Dear Friends and Allies:
A movement is being launched in both the Philippines and the U.S. to drumbeat opposition against the ratification of the U.S.-Republic of the Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
Like the Military Bases Agreement roundly defeated six years ago, thi so-called VFA is going before the Philippine Senate for a vote of ratification. The US government, through Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and US Ambassador Richard Cohen, is pulling all the stops in order to secure the VFA's ratification. Washington has made it clear that any economic help from the US requires that the Philippines agree to the VFA.
A wide array of political forces, including Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (New Patriotic Alliance) and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, have signified their staunch opposition to this agreement that one-sidedly favors the US at the expense of the Filipino people.
Participants in the Junk the VFA Movement believe the VFA should be opposed for the following reasons:
We're asking you or your organization to join us in this fight!