By Dr. Giovanni Tapang
National Chairperson, AGHAM
It is a clear example of opportunism and intimidation by the US to send in the aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, and its warships to Philippine waters. Fearing the effects of typhoon Frank/Fangsheng in its dock in Hong Kong, the US has used the pretexts of helping typhoon-affected areas and relief efforts ongoing in the Western Visayas region to enter Philippine territorial waters.
Not only is an aircraft carrier group in our territory an overkill, it is also a mockery of the anti-nuclear weapons provisions of the Constitution, the presence of which the US neither confirms nor denies in its war ship. Furthermore, it is a subtle form of intimidation to President Arroyo while she visits the US: not to ask too much and continue to tow the Bush administration’s line or else face the reality that an aircraft carrier group’s main purpose is to wage war and not effect humanitarian aid. Read the rest of this entry →