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Gabriela backs Duterte on curtailing war games

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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IN support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration that joint United States and Philippines war games will end during his term, a militant group filed a resolution calling for the immediate abrogation of the military agreement between the two allies.

In House Resolution 420 the Gabriela Party-list expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier said that he would curtail the military exercises between Filipino forces and American troops.

Like Duterte, the Gabriela has for a long time been calling for the cessation of the Philippines- United States joint military exercises permitted under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

The women’s group is urging full support for the ultimatum given by President Duterte on the military exercises.

Speaking at a meeting with the Filipino community in Hanoi, Vietnam, Duterte had said the upcoming Balikatan military exercises would be the last under his term.
      
“President Duterte is slowly but surely treading the path of an independent foreign policy. After decades of being tied to iniquitous military treaties that have in fact failed to modernize but stunted Philippine military capabilities, it is right and wise to terminate these treaties,” Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi De Jesus said.
    
De Jesus further said that with the President’s decision to terminate the Balikatan military exercises the party-list group will move to  introduce amendments in the 2017 General Appropriations Bill to realign the budget allocated for the VFA and US-RP military exercises stipulated in the proposed budget of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of National Defense.
    
Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas also expressed full support for the President’s decision and said the full compliance of affected agencies is expected.
    
She also hopes that pursuing justice for women and child victims of US military atrocities will follow next.
   
“The military exercises have spawned violations and abuses against women and children including the rape of Nicole in Subic and the death of Jennifer Laude. It has resulted the prostitution and trafficking of Filipino women,” Brosas said.