[News article, followed by statement from CPP, detail this deployment. — Frontlines ed.]
Over 8,000 PH, US troops to join Balikatan 2013
By Frances Mangosing, INQUIRER.net
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – Over 8,000 Philippine and American troops will participate in this year’s Balikatan military exercises, which will be held from April 5 to 17.
In a statement, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said 30 aircraft and three vessels from both US and Philippine militaries are set to be deployed to support the joint exercises.
Of the 30 aircraft, 20 will come from the US military, 14 of which have already arrived in Clark Air Base, Pampanga last Monday while the rest will start to arrive consecutively on Wednesday until April 8. The air assets will be used for joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR)-focused military training in Central Luzon and will also provide air logistics support and services to the participating troops of both countries.
Meanwhile, the USS Tortuga, the only US Navy ship taking part in the annual military exercise docked in Manila Bay on Tuesday to offload military personnel and equipment for the exercises.
Nine aircraft from the Philippine Air Force will be deployed, while the Philippine Navy will deploy one of its Highlanders and two vessels.
The Balikatan is the 4th humanitarian assistance/disaster response- focused bilateral exercise held every other year since 2008.
Also invited to join are security officials from Australia, Brunei, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Thailand who will unite with high ranking officers from the AFP and US Military in the Multinational Maritime Security Roundtable Discussion in Camp Aguinaldo.
The Balikatan is based on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty which is conducted every year to serve as a venue for joint and combined training between the militaries of both countries.
Communist Party of the Philippines
April 04, 2013
CPP denounces arrival of 4,000 armed US troops in Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today condemned the planned entry of up to 4,000 armed US troops in the Philippines over the next few days “which is a display of extreme contempt against Philippine sovereignty and a show of force in the face of heightened US war preparations in the Korean peninsula.”
Up to 30 US jet fighters and an American naval carrier, the USS Tortuga, are also set to be deployed in Manila, Central Luzon and other areas, from April 5 to 17, in line with the 2013 Balikatan military exercises between the US military and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“By pushing through with the Balikatan 2013 exercises amidst increasing military tensions in the Korean peninsula, the Aquino regime is allowing the Philippines to be dragged by the US government to its military conflicts against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” said the CPP.
“The Filipino peoples denounce the Balikatan 2013 military exercises and demand the immediate pull-out of all American troops currently stationed in the Philippines, including the 700-strong Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) of the US Pacific Command permanently based in Zamboanga,” added the CPP.
“The CPP denounces the US military and government for deceiving the Filipino people about the real intention of the so-called joint military exercises which are being portrayed by the US as serving humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness,” said the CPP. “For the past several years, the US has been using humanitarian and disaster operations in order to surreptitiously carry out combat and intelligence operations and setup their spy and communications network and infrastructure.”
“The so-called joint military exercises are nothing but preparations and muscle-flexing of the US in order to put the Philippine military under its command and make use of the Philippines as its outpost in the possibility of launching a war of aggression anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region,” said the CPP.
“The Filipino people clamor for an independent foreign policy demand that the Philippines not be dragged in any of the war being launched by the US against another sovereign country,” added the CPP.
“The Asia-Pacific military strategy of the US is to keep tens of thousands of its combat troops forward stationed in the Asia-Pacific in its naval carriers, military bases and outposts from South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia to Australia,” said the CPP.
“The aim is to impose its imperialist hegemony, put pressure on China and other countries to toe US economic policy and make threats of war and aggression against any country who refuse to uphold US imperialist trade and investment policy directives.”
The US Pacific Command currently maintains a force of more than 80,000 armed troops in the Asia-Pacific including 30,000 troops stationed in US bases in South Korea and 50,000 American troops in Japan.