Declare PHL skies drone-free – youth groups

YOUTH groups Anakbayan and Kabataan Partylist today called on the Aquino government to declare PHL skies “drone-free.”

This, after a US drone was found off the shores of Masbate last week.

Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan said that the Aquino government can and should immediately issue an order prohibiting drones from flying in PHL airspace and declare PHL “drone-free.”

Crisostomo also said the gov’t should stop “covering up for the Americans” and conduct a serious investigation about the presence of drones in our country.

“The prevailing laws prohibit unrestricted use of our airspace. The operations of US drones without our knowledge pose a serious threat to our sovereignty and national security,” Crisostomo said.

He also doubted claims of US and PHL officials that the plane was from Guam and was not being used in the country.

“That this was a drone used in Guam is a far-fetched and questionable statement. The government treating the US excuses as truth is even more ridiculous. This was not the first time that US drones have operated in PH,” he said.

There have been reports that drones have been operating in the Philippines for a long time now and have been involved in bombing operations in Sulu.

Crisostomo assailed President Aquino for allowing drones to violate our airspace.

“Aquino’s drone syndrome poses great danger to PHL. Drones have killed hundreds in US wars and are being questioned worldwide,” he said.

US drone attacks have killed hundreds in “anti-terror” operations worldwide, including civilians.

President Aquino confirmed earlier that PHL has been allowing drones to fly in PHL skies.

Kabataan Partylist President Terry Ridon said they will file a resolution in Congress to investigate the presence of drones in the country and urge the Congress to declare PHL skies drone free.

“There should be a full explanation and disclosure of these drone incidents. Likewise, these incidents show the need to review and scrap the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement,” he said.

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