CP of the Philippines urges independent investigation into US involvement in Jolo bombings


February 5, 2012

Protesters display banners in front of anti-riot policemen during a rally in front of the US embassy in Manila Jan 28, 2012.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today called on all democratic organizations, patriots and human rights groups to carry out an independent investigation into the involvement of American soldiers in the bombing and air raids in Parang town, Jolo last Thursday. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has claimed that the target was a Jemaah Islamiyah and Abu Sayyaf stronghold.

Military spokesmen have been issuing press releases regaling how the AFP successfully killed key “terrorist” leaders. However, the CPP pointed out that there has been no independent verification of information on the ground. “All the information has come from the AFP which has been known to issue distorted and self-serving statements.”

“There should be an independent investigation to look into the involvement of American soldiers belonging to the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) in the planning, provision of intelligence and surveillance information, actual execution and logistical support to the military operation leading to the air raids,” said the CPP.

“Such involvement of US troops violates Philippine national sovereignty,” said the CPP. “Claims that American military troops and advisers only get involved upon the request of the Aquino regime and the AFP only makes it worse.”

“An independent investigation should look into violations of human rights, including the indiscriminate bombing and militarization of nearby communities,” added the CPP.



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