Book Launching:

"Forging a Nationalist Foreign Policy" by Dr. Roland Simbulan

 

Balay Kalinaw, UP Campus  and  Mindanao State University (Marawi)

 

Posted: December 5, 2009

 

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Book Launching at UP Diliman
           
           

 

US Troops Out NOW Mindanao coalItion
PRESS RELEASE
Reference : Bishop Rudy Juliada, 09217496330

Out Now Mindanao to Hillary Clinton: Mindanaoans want Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) abrogated, pull out US troops now

The US Troops Out Now! Mindanao Coalition believes that Secretary Clinton’s rhetoric of supporting peace in Mindanao must begin with the scrapping of the VFA, the pull out some 600 embedded American soldiers in Mindanao, and the demolition of US military structures in the island.

It stressed that the VFA is unconstitutional and that the Filipino people judge this as a lopsided agreement between the subservient Arroyo government and the world’s superpower.

The group dared Clinton not to make a propaganda stint by highlighting America’s peace agenda in Mindanao because its hidden motive is to control the island’s natural gas, oil and other resources, military basing areas, as well as international trade routes.

Out Now! convenor Bishop Rudy Juliada of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente said Clinton represents an American policy that has not changed even with the new Obama administration.

He cited Barack Obama’s reversal from his anti-war promises to the American people which swept him to power by repeating the war stance this time in Afghanistan.

Bishop Juliada said that they are apprehensive that Clinton upholds the same policy as former President Bush did on the Philippines, Mindanao in particular, as the second front of the US-led “war on terror”.

Clinton is the face of an imperialist and militarist Washington, never learning from its failure in their war in Iraq and Vietnam, which they continue to commit in Afghanistan.

He said Clinton should see the VFA as a “treaty” that has enforced militarism in Mindanao, having brought about more problems rather than solutions such as violations of sovereignty and human rights.

Bishop Juliada cited cases where US soldiers have been involved in combat and espionage operations, including the recent ambush in Sulu which killed US soldiers in an operation. On February 2008, families in Maimbung, Sulu were massacred by Philippine soldiers accompanied by US troops.

In a more recent incident, US soldiers have reportedly distributed coloring books to children in Lanao del Norte which contained messages of counter-terrorism. Out Now says that soldiers involved in these incidents cannot be charged for these crimes because of the VFA.

There’s no peace without justice for the victims, and there's no peace when a superpower enforces this with a gun, Juliada said.

The coalition -- formed by patriotic sectors from the religious, local officials, academe, lawyers and people’s organizations – urges the scrapping of the VFA and calls on more pressure on the national government to heed such calls.

The group has called for the abrogation of the VFA before a hearing of the Legislative Oversight Committee on the VFA chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago in September 2008.
 

UP President Emerlinda Roman
UP Faculty Regent Judy Taguiwalo
Former Senator Wigberto Tanada
           
     
UP Prof. Elmer Ordoñez    
           

 

Press Release
November 12, 2009

Suara Bangsamoro to Clinton: Keep out of Mindanao and Bring US Troops with you

In light of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit to the
Philippines, the militant Moro organization Suara Bangsamoro is one
with the rest of the Filipino people who protest and raise question as
to the real agenda of the state visit.

Amirah Ali Lidasan, spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro, is calling for
Secretary Clinton to keep her hands off Mindanao and bring home with
her the 600 US soldiers permanently deployed in Mindanao.

Lidasan believes that Clinton’s visit will gloss over the Moro
people’s protest against the violations that the US troops has
committed against the Moro people in Sulu, Basilan, Zamboanga, Lanao
and Maguindanao.

As evidenced by the death of the two US soldiers in Sulu last October
2009 and the testimony of Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian, US soldiers have been
actively directing and leading combat operations of Filipino soldiers
in Mindanao that has resulted to the displacement of the residents and
has endangered the lives of the civilians in areas targeted as Abu
Sayyaf havens, the recent incident of which happened during an AFP
operation in Indanan, Sulu that has resulted to the bombing of a
mosque and displacement and wounding of civilians.

Lidasan further believes that Secretary Clinton’s visit will only
continue to bolster the government’s anti-terror measures that have
violated the civil and political rights of Moro civilians in Mindanao.

If the US military aid continues, the Philippine government will
continue to arrest civilians without warrants, vilify religious
leaders and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Moro National
Liberation Front through their Rewards for Justice Program and
incessant accusations that, as per intelligence reports, the MILF and
MNLF are harboring Abu Sayyaf and Jeemayat Islamiya terrorists.

Contrary to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao regional executive
secretary Oscar Sampulna’s statement, the Moro people have nothing to
be “grateful” to Secretary Clinton and her government for the
implementation of projects by the US Agency for International
Development (USAID), as this was done with strings attached such as
conditioning the people that the US soldiers are here to stay and
along with it is the establishment of permanent structures for their
stay.

Lidasan further believes that Moro people is better off without
Secretary Clinton and its government dabbling into the peace process
and should instead expose the real political and economic interest of
the US government in Mindanao as evidenced by the recent signing of
Exxon-Mobil for the exploration of oil deposits in Sulu.#

Reference:
Amirah Ali Lidasan
National President
Suara Bangsamoro
 

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Suara Happy for Sinnot’s release, But Doubts Timing on Clinton’s Visit


Suara Bangsamoro is one with the rest of Mindanaoans who are happy to see that Father Michael Sinnot has been freed after a month in captivity and hopes that the rest of those abducted in Basilan and Sulu will also be immediately released and not meet the fate of kidnap victim Gabriel Canizares who was killed and beheaded due to his family’s failure to pay ransom.

According to Amirah Ali Lidasan, spokesperson of Suara Bangsamoro, her organization prays for the safety of those abducted and hopes that the Philippine government will also act swiftly on the release as it had acted on Father Sinnot’s release.

Lidasan said that it was worth noting that the release of foreign nationals who were kidnapped were timed during state visits of high level US government officials – such as Father Eugenio Vagni at the visit of CIA director Leon Panetta in July and now Father Sinnot at the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

It is also worth remembering that days before former US President George Bush’s state visit to President Macapagal-Arroyo on October 2003, the Philippine government announced the capture and death of Jeemayat Islamiya member Fathur Al-Gozi.

Lidasan also noted that Father Sinnot would have been released earlier had it not been for the meddling of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno and his vilification campaign against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front who have offered help for Father Sinnot’s release.

Lidasan said that Clinton’s gift of US$2 million military aid have made quite a big impression upon the Philippine government that it had immediately decided to work with the MILF for the facilitation of the release.

Lidasan hopes that the government will really look into the reasons behind the rising kidnapping in Mindanao and added that if the Arroyo government has the political will, then the kidnapping incidents in Mindanao will be solved.

The longer the kidnapping incidents continue in Mindanao, the more are people harboring suspicions of possible collusion between the military, local government units and the Abu Sayyaf and other local kidnappers.#

 

Book: front and back covers
     
The author with UP Prof. Dr. Edberto Villegas
           
     
     
     

Video Clips

           
   
Part I Part II
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Book launching in Marawi City

Photos courtesy of Suara Bangsamoro

           
           
     
     

 

Monday, 23 November 2009
US military presence in Mindanao tackled in a series of fora in MSU
Lifted from www.MindaNews.com
Monday, 23 November 2009 10:18

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 Nov) -- A series of fora on the US military presence in Mindanao will be held at the Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus here and MSU Iligan Institute of Technology on November 23 and 24.

Prof. Roland Simbulan, an expert on Foreign Policy Studies in the University of the Philippines and a former faculty regent of the university, will talk about the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and its consequences to the country's security and other internal affairs.

Simbulan will also launch his latest book entitled “Forging a Nationalist Foreign Policy” on November 23 at 10:30 am at the CSSH Lobby, MSU Marawi and on November 24, at 1 p.m. at the College of Arts and Sciences (CASS) lobby, MSU-IIT.

The forum in MSU-Main will be on November 23 at 1 p.m. at the Institute of Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM) while the forum in MSU-IIT will be on November 24 at 8 a.m. at the CASS rooftop.

The US Troops Out Now-Mindanao Coalition (Out Now! Mindanao), in a press statement signed by convenor, Bishop Rudy Juliada of the Iglesia Filipiniana Independiente, noted that 10 years after the signing of the VFA, “we have proven that this again is another concerted effort to meddle with the nation's internal affairs, under the guise of ‘mutual’ support between the armed forces of the two nations in the form of military training, coupled with other projects assisted by the ‘visiting’ US troops.”

“We have seen, however, that the presence of US troops in our country has inflicted considerable damage to the Filipino people. Even the Senate of the Philippines however has seen a lot of loopholes in this agreement, making the majority resolved to review, if not abrogate the VFA. The US government is apparently alarmed by this move. It is clear that one of the agenda for US State Secretary Hillary Clinton's visit is to revive this dying agreement, the Coalition said.

It added that the effort to revive the VFA is “a clear manifestation of the US effort to further deepen their influence in the country's internal affairs. Thus, the Coalition is undertaking steps to further intensify the campaign against the presence of US troops in the country, especially in Mindanao.” (MindaNews)

The book is available at Ibon Foundation:

http://info.ibon.org/

           
     
     
 

Pictures:
*Sittie Alhada Abayan of Baggut-Sulu, a Moro youth group based in Jolo, tells the story of the effect of US-RP Joint Military Exercises to the people of Sulu.
*John Birondo of Bayan - Southern Mindanao Region.
*Speakers of the Forum: Bishop Rudy Juliada, spokersperson of Out Now! Mindanao Coalition; Prof. Roland Simbulan; Amirah Ali Lidasan of Suara Bangsamoro
*The Faculty of MSU-English Department sponsored Prof. Simbulan's booklaunching at the College of Social Science and Humanities Hall in Mindanao State University - Marawai City.

 

     
     

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