A broad coalition of NGOs, social movements, and political parties from Mindanao and the rest of the country today called for all US military deployments in Mindanao suspended pending the conclusion of a fair and thorough probe by lawmakers.
The Citizens’ Peace Watch, a group formed to monitor what it fears as the growing and permanent US military presence in the South, reiterated its recommendations from a fact-finding mission it conducted in Zamboanga City and Sulu last February. Members of the mission claim to have seen with their own eyes — and to have pictures of — the US’ military structures inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City.
“The information coming out today about the US military presence in the south confirm what we have been saying all along for many months now,” says Corazon Fabros, one of the group’s spokespersons. “It is high time to look into them because the government’s excuse is becoming more and more ludicrous while the situation is getting more and more dangerous.”
The group stressed the following findings from its fact-finding mission (which can be downloaded from:
= that the US is involved in actual combat operations in the country
= that the US is conducting operations outside the control of the Philippine government and military
= US basing and intervention in the country is contributing to insecurity and leading to an escalation in conflict