March 15, 2009
Judy Ann Miranda
Partido ng Manggagawa
Like a true little brown brother, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde was giddy with joy at the fact that US President Barack Obama called up Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Since Remonde is simply her alter ego, we can surmise that GMA is no less thrilled and no less a little brown sister.
That US President Obama will on his own initiative call up GMA to push for the controversial Visiting Forces Agreement is no surprise. The VFA is utterly in the imperial interest of America and it is to be expected that Obama will ensure its continuation. Showing their slavish mentality, Malacanang officials are happy that their master called up to make certain its imperial bidding is done.
The VFA must be abrogated at the soonest possible time. It is not just a violation of the constitution but an affront to our sovereignty. It serves the American imperial agenda but infringes on Philippine national interests. The VFA is to blame for the fact that convicted rapist Daniel Smith remains a fugitive from Philippine justice.