MANILA — The Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) today renewed calls on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to sever military ties with the United States after two bloody terrorist attacks in Germany and Turkey.
The Berlin attack Monday left at least 12 dead and several injured after a truck plowed through a crowded Christmas market at the Breitscheidplatz square. The attack in Ankara by an assassin from the Turkish police claimed the life of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov.
“We mourn for the victims and denounce these attacks. The US-NATO war spawned these terrorist attacks and it is high time that Pres. Duterte cut off military ties with the US lest Filipinos suffer with the world from its wars of aggression,” ILPS-Phils Chairperson Elmer Labog said.
He added that “we fear for the safety of tens of thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Filipino immigrants in Europe and West Asia (Middle East) as with all civilians in these regions.”
The ILPS-Phils noted that terrorist attacks have escalated since the US started its war on terror with the armed invasion of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria. The recent attacks in Europe is a backlash from this war.
“Pres. Duterte threatened to repeal the Visiting Forces Agreement in front of US ambassador Sung Kim but for the wrong reason — the pullout of some $400 million program by the US Millennium Development Corporation,” the ILPS-Phils said.
“He has lambasted the US for its war atrocities. It is precisely for this reason that he should cut ties with the US,” it added.
The ILPS-Phils also scored newly-elected US Pres. Donald Trump in blaming “Islamic terrorists” for the Berlin and Ankara attacks “as being xenophobic while ignoring the fact that the US uses both Germany and Turkey for its own interventionist wars.”
“Pres. Duterte cannot be a Trump of the East. He can render justice to the Moros and Filipino people by bringing peace in earnest with the abrogation of all unequal treaties and agreements with the US.”