Militants stage rallies to protest increased US presence in PH

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Two seperate rallies were staged by militant groups on Wednesday, August 14, to protest talks for the rotational presence of American forces.


Kilusan Para sa Pambansang Demokrasya took to the streets in front of Camp Aguinaldo while the League of Filipino Students tried to rally in front of the United States Embassy but was stopped by police as talks for increased US military presence in the Philippines began.

Protesters held different signs expressing their fierce opposition to the move.

"Gazmin and del Rosario: Don't sell out Philippine sovereignty by allowing more US troops in the country," one sign said.

"Ang pinalayas na noon, wag nang pabalikin ngayon! Igiit ang pambansang soberanya," went another.

Riot police stood at the sidelines of the mostly peaceful protests.

Militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Tuesday said the United States is exploiting the row between the Philippines and China to strengthen their foothold in the country.

“The US is merely exploiting the dispute,” Bayan Sec. Renato Reyes said in a statement.

“PH soldiers are merely being treated to previews of weapons they can never have and methods they will never use. We’ve had US bases for nearly half a century yet our armed forces still did not modernize. We have a VFA [Visiting Forces Agreement] with the US since 1999, our armed forces still did not develop,” Reyes adds. (Manila Bulletin)