Gabriela Women’s Party Representatives Liza Maza and Luz Ilagan initiated today the filing of House Resolution 754 “A Resolution Directing the House of Representatives Committees on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Peace, Reconciliation and Unity to investigate the alleged intrusion of the United States government into the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and use the same as a vehicle for its economic agenda and permanent military presence in violation of the Philippine Constitution and recommend measures thereof.”
“The United States government has no business meddling with internal conflicts in the country. With their interference, it has become clear that they are taking undue advantage of the conflict in Mindanao and the Bangsamoro peoples’ struggle in order to put forward their geopolitical interests in the region,” said Maza.
According to the Gabriela solon, the presence of US Ambassador Kristie Kenney in the aborted MOA-AD signing in Kuala Lumpur as well as the February 2008 report of the United States Institute of Peace betrays the extent and depth of the United States’ involvement in Mindanao.
“The ongoing conflict and negotiations are working to the advantage of the United States. It has become a convenient excuse for the United States military to prolong their stay in the war-torn region, facilitating virtual permanence of foreign military bases despite Constitutional provisions against it. Moreover, the prolonged stay of US military forces in Mindanao has resulted to unresolved cases of human rights violations. Their presence and the conduct of military exercises in the region have been widely opposed. The United States should stop meddling in Mindanao affairs.”
Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casino as well as Anakpawis Representaive Rafael Mariano have likewise co-authored House Resolution 754.