Rights group signs
impeachment complaint vs. BS Aquino for EDCA
July 24, 2014
QUEZON CITY – "For
giving away the Philippines to the dogs, BS Aquino should be
impeached," said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay as they
signed the impeachment complaint against Pres. Benigno Simeon
Cojuangco Aquino for entering into the Enhanced Defense Cooperation
Agreement (EDCA) with the government of the United States.
On the bases of culpable
violation of the Constitution and the betrayal of public trust, this
third impeachment complaint was filed today at the House of
Representatives, endorsed by Makabayan bloc representatives Antonio
Tinio, Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus.
"For entering into a
lopsided agreement which puts United States' interest over the civil
and political rights of the Filipino citizens, BS Aquino deserves to
be impeached. This agreement is a portent of more rights violations to
come. The ancestral lands of the indigenous peoples, the lands of the
farmers, even public roads, seaports and airports may now be occupied
by the American troops under the "Agreed Locations" provision of the
agreement. These facilities may accommodate and be used to transport
or preposition US personnel and war materiel. This is worse than the
rejected treaty in the 1990’s," Palabay explained.
She added that "the US may
employ any form of security measure to defend its troops against any
opposition in the use of these 'agreed locations.' More so, we
Filipinos may not file a case in any court, local or international,
for the offenses that the US troops will commit."
"Our signing of the
impeachment complaint also means we are holding the US government
co-accountable for all the human rights violations in our country,"
Palabay said. "THE US HAS COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST THE FILIPINO
PEOPLE: for guiding the implementation of Aquino's Oplan Bayanihan;
for providing continuous and increasing foreign military aid to
Aquino’s killing machine, the Armed Forces of the Philippines; for the
victims of US troops during the Balikatan exercises in Mindanao,"
"We sign this impeachment
complaint remembering those who were victimized by the US-Aquino
government – for the 204 victims of extrajudicial killings, for the 12
enforced disappearances, for the 99 victims of torture, the thousands
of internally displaced people due to military operation, and the
hundreds of arrested and detained persons. This impeachment complaint
will only be one of the many acts of defiance, we Filipinos will make
against the US imperialism and BS Aquino. There are more to come,"