CPP slams US over cancellation of PH-US arm deals

Nov. 02, 2016
RED FLAG. The flag of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) waves in the wind somewhere in the province of Compostela Valley. The CPP celebrated its 44th founding anniversary Wednesday. (davaotoday.com photo by Ace R. Morandante)

The Communist Party of the Philippines recently criticized the United States calling it hypocrite for cancelling the supposed arms deal with the Philippines.  (davaotoday.com file photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—The Communist Party of the Philippines slammed Wednesday the United States of America for its “hypocrisy” after it cancelled the supposed weapons sale to the Philippine National Police.

In a statement, CPP said US has no moral ascendancy to invoke human rights principles in raising “concern” over the increasing number of drug suspects killed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drug operations.

“It is utterly hypocritical for the US State Department to now invoke human rights against the anti-US Duterte regime when the US government supported without remorse the Marcos dictatorship and all succeeding regimes which trampled on human rights with impunity,” it said.

For CPP, the cancellation of arms deal to PNP is “a clear rebuke by the US government against the Duterte” as he asserted its independence from the US.

“In fact, it is a good thing,” the communist group said of the halted arms deals with 26,000 M4 assault rifles. Earlier on, the San Francisco Police Department announced its decision to end a training program it has long been conducting with the PNP.

“The US government is despicable for using human rights principles as a convenient tool to justify its acts of intervention and subversion against anti-US regimes around the world, when the US government and US-sponsored and -supported regimes around the world are among the worst violators of human rights,” said the CPP.

The CPP also pointed out that unlike Duterte’s administration known for its anti-US posturing, previous pro-US regimes were not criticized despite being notorious violators of human rights.

“Marcos, Cory Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo and Benigno Aquino were all notorious violators of human rights but were never chided by the US government and instead were encouraged with military financing.”

“Over the past several decades, the Filipino people have suffered gravely under the successive US-sponsored counter-insurgency operations conducted by the AFP and PNP under its puppet regimes,” the group said.

“These counter-insurgency operations were all conducted in favor of US aims of suppressing the democratic and anti-imperialist forces in the Philippines,” the CPP said. (davaotoday.com)

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