OFWs urge PNoy not to support US-SoKor war games

A leftist global alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) today called on President Benigno Aquino to condemn the joint United States-South Korea military exercise scheduled on Sunday for the safety and security of more than 60,000 Filipinos in South Korea.

“For the benefit of thousands of our OFWs in South Korea, PNoy should denounce the upcoming US-SoKor war games. It is a  recipe for disaster for our OFWs not only in Korea but in the Asia Pacific region as war games will heighten the tension in the Korean Peninsula,” said Garry Martinez, Chairperson of Migrante International.

AFP chief slammed
Martinez, himself a former OFW in South Korea for 12 years, also criticized the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for “practically dragging the country” into the conflict.

Recently, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo David said the Philippines is “prepared to help” South Korea.

“The AFP chief’s reckless remark betrays his utter ignorance in diplomacy. Nakalimutan na ba nila si Angelo dela Cruz? Gusto pa ba nilang maulit muli ang nangyari dati dahil lang sa pagkampi ng gobyerno sa mga gera ng US?,” said Martinez.

In 2004, Iraqi insurgents kidnapped and threatened to kill dela Cruz, an OFW truck driver, unless the Philippine government agreed to withdraw its troops from Iraq in support of the US’ war of aggression.

Martinez said that should OFWs be imperiled because of Philippine support to the US-SoKor war games, the PNoy administration shall be held accountable by OFWs worldwide.


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