Probe request to deploy US spy plane – group
THE Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) called on congress, other concerned agencies and branches of the government to look into the implications of President Benigno Aquino’s request for the US to deploy spy plane over the West Philippine Sea.
The group expresses apprehension that the request may transform the disputed territorial waters between Beijing and Manila into the new Pearl Harbor for US military aggressors. The group called various sectors including advocacy groups to pressure Malacanang to stop Aquino’s mad adventure for US military game plan in West Philippine Sea.
Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said the Aquino government should stop “fueling political tension between the Philippines and China and between the Philippines and other claimant nations in South China Sea to justify full-blown US military intervention and aggression in the Southeast Asian region.”
France said the g overnment should work for a peaceful diplomatic resolution to the ongoing territorial conflict with China and other claimants in Spratlys.
Pamalakaya said Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr to look into the grave implications of Aquino’s grand endorsement allowing Washington D.C to deploy spy planes over West Philippine Sea.
“The Aquino spy plane drama is a grave violation of the 1987 Constitution. Something must be done to stop the puppet President from taking orders from the puppet master,” the group said.
Pamalakaya said the agreement to deploy US spy planes in West Philippine Sea was clinched during Mr. Aquino meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington in early June.
The group noted that prior to Aquino’s request for spy planes the US Pacific Command made an initial offer to deploy the P3C Orion spy planes to the Philippines and help monitor disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea after China increased its presence and activities near Reed Bank.