“Prince Albert, US sovereignty is apparently above Philippines’ environmental laws.”
Tags: Tubbataha Reef
“The US Navy not only incurred considerable damage to our world heritage site, they also clearly violated our Philippine sovereignty and laws.”
Until now, the Obama administration has not yet responded to the Supreme Court order to explain the US side on the Tubbataha incident. This shows “the US government’s disrespect for our justice system and its indifference on how we assert our sovereignty.”
“US troops have a history of environmental crimes in the Philippines that have remained unaddressed with impunity.” – Dr. Giovanni Tapang, Agham
Progressive groups are hounding the 2013 joint US-RP military exercises, which begins today, to protest the continuous assault on the country’s sovereignty, the human rights violations resulting from it and the toxic wastes it leaves behind.
National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno condemned today the Holy week docking of three US Navy vessels in the country for so-called “routine port calls,” saying the incident shows that the country’s Visiting Forces Agreement with the US is deeply one-sided and that it violates the country’s Constitution.
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
“This type of violence against women doesn’t leave any physical or emotional mark. This is the type of violence against women that is silent but treacherously violates women’s as well as people’s rights. This is violence brought about by poverty and imperialist plunder.” – Gabriela
By MARYA SALAMAT
Despite the Philippine government having agreed to increased use of the country by US troops, warships and warplanes, there are no clear guidelines on what to do in cases of mishaps, accidents, etc.
‘Workers mark Edsa anniv with US Embassy march (Photos by Mayday Multimedia / Bulatlat.com)
By MARYA SALAMAT
“The issue of Tubbataha again underscores the problems with the Visiting Forces Agreement. A crime was committed against our country and yet the Philippine government could not even conduct its own investigation of the perpetrators.” – Bayan
By JHESSET THRINA ENANO
“The Visiting Forces Agreement led to this situation in the first place. Without the VFA, we call it ‘invasion.’” – Dr. Giovanni Tapang, Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya Para sa Sambayanan