Statement of the Global Day of Action Philippine Committee
March 20, 2004
We, the democratic forces and peace advocates in thePhilippines unite with the rest of the world’s peoples as we sadly remember the beginning of US’ ugly war against the Iraqi people exactly a year ago today.
We reiterate our strong opposition to the US-led war on Iraq and condemn all forms of support to such an ill-intentioned, malicious conspiracy. Like any nation, Iraq has the right to construct their own society and build their future free from foreign dictates.
We echo the legitimate and enduring call for an end to the US militaristic foreign policies of domination and control. We say no to massive military spending at the expense of vast cuts in vital domestic social and economic programs. We call for an end to the racist mass detentions and deportations of innocent peoples in the name of fighting terrorism.
We resolutely condemn the Philippine government under the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for idiotically and irresponsibly dragging us into the US-led war and occupation. We reiterate our call to withdraw all support to such war and order the immediate pullout of the Philippine contingent in Iraq.
Let the recent dreadful and utterly condemnable terrorism in Spain be a grim reminder to the GMA government of the dangerous repercussions of supporting the US’ wars of aggression.
And at this once again critical moment of elections in the Philippines, we demand from the presidential candidates a clear stand on the US-led war on terror and occupation of Iraq. We challenge the presidential candidates to earnestly commit themselves to a democratic foreign policy agenda, one that upholds the interests of the Filipino people. We shall only elect public servants who are genuinely committed to a democratic foreign policy agenda that is consistent with the principle of the renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy, and a democratic foreign policy agenda that is founded on the principles of humanism, peace, justice, freedom, and human rights.
Let the Global Day of Action Against War and Occupation that we celebrate today be a peoples’ declaration of victory over the war-freak governments of Bush and Blaire. For the plan is not just to hit Iraq and control its oil. The plan is also to cow the world into obedient silence.
We will never ever give up the fight for peace, justice, and democracy. We will continue to close ranks with other oppressed nations and peoples in our common fight against militarism and wars.
Global Day of Action Philippine Committee: Akbayan · Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) · Bukluran sa Ikauunlad ng Sosyalistang Isip at Gawa (BISIG)· Coalition Against Trafficking in Women–Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)· Confederation of Independent Unions (CIU) · Focus on the Global South · Gathering For Peace · Greenpeace· Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) · Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN)· Manggagawang Kababaihang Mithi ay Paglaya (MAKALAYA) · Nuclear-Free Philippines Coalition · People’s Task Force For Bases Clean-Up · Third World Movement Against the Exploitation of Women · Third World Studies Center · Women’s Education Development, Productivity and Research Organization (WEDPRO)· Women’s Network Against Militarism · Young Moro Professional Network· Youth for Nationalism and Democracy