PHOTOS | Thousands protest Obama visit, new PH-US military pact
April 29, 2014
It was a “warm welcome” indeed.
Thousands marched in protest against US Pres. Barack Obama’s state visit of the Philippines yesterday, April 28. It happened during one of the hottest days in Manila this year so far, and was punctuated by burning of an effigy of the American president, with a pit bull that bears the image of Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III.
The protesters condemned the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a new defense pact which purportedly allows for the US military to use Philippine bases and military installations across the country. Philippine Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed the agreement hours before Obama’s Air Force One touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the afternoon.
The progressives called EDCA a virtual “re-occupation” of the Philippines by its former colonial master, US, which has sought to bolster its military presence in Asia-Pacific amid growing economic influence of rival China.
They also condemned the Aquino administration’s bid to join the US-led multilateral economic agreement in Asia-Pacific called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
The EDCA, as well as the TPPA, according to the umbrella progressive group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan, New Patriotic Alliance), form part of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia” policy of repositioning the majority of US warships to the Asia-Pacific region in order to protect its economic interests in the region.
Here are some of the photos of the protest action:
Photos by Boy Bagwis, Macky Macaspac, Pher Pasion & KR Guda