Filipino nationalists in the United States are calling on their compatriots in the Philippines to protest President Donald Trump’s participation in the ongoing 31st Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
In a statement, the Kamalayan Philippine Educational and Cultural Forum based in Washington DC said Trump’s visit to the country is an attempt to project US military power in the region against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the ISIS.
The group added Trump’s visit is also an endorsement of the “corrupt, deceitful Duterte regime.”
“The Duterte regime of corrupt oligarchs has welcomed renewed US military intervention in the destruction of Marawi City in the global campaign against ISIS,” the group said.
Trump is set to arrive in Clark, Pampanga and Manila today to participate in the 31st ASEAN Summit.
Kamalayan said the Philippines serves once again as a springboard for US imperial interventions in the Asia-Pacific region.
“After boasting of U.S. devastation of Japan in World War II, Trump wants to involve the peoples of Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, China and the Philippines in his campaign to destroy the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea with ‘fire and fury,’” the group said, referring to Trump’s recent speech in Japan.
The group also scored Duterte’s plan for increased US military aid “the vicious bombing and massacre of peasants, Lumads, and Moro villages” on top of its bloody drug war that has killed thousands of civilians.
Massive protests vs Trump
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Gitnang Luson announced it is set to welcome Trump with protest actions when he lands at Clark International Airport today.
The group said it would also follow Trump to Manila and participate in the massive protest actions against the US President.
Bayan National earlier said their protest rally will start at one o’clock in the afternoon near the US Embassy in Manila, which will continue at the summit site at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
Yesterday, dozens of activist youth and students slipped through the tight police cordon to hold a picket protest at the PICC gates.
The protesters will also hold a cultural protest event at Manila’s Liwasang Bonifacio starting at seven o’clock in the evening. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)