WHAT WE FILIPINOS SHOULD KNOW: To be a poor country with a people in disunity and possessing a "damaged" culture, and with a leadership perennially characterized by mendicant attitude (foremost among others that are all detrimental to the homeland); only invite abuses, insults and disrespect from foreigners and foreign nations; even from America -the country which due to our ignorance of history, we still consider and cherish- with our usual naive sentimentality and endless "utang na loob"- as having special relations with us (do we recognize it's still between Master and Slave - the plantation mentality?).
Due to neglect of our own history and that of the world and consequent ignorance, we Filipinos never learn that international relationships are not the same as personal relationships; that so-called friendships between nations are not the equivalent to personal friendships. All self-respecting nations look only and primarily after their own national interests which is understandable; in this regard our country- not truly a nation since we are not a united people- consistently fail.
The disrespect for us Filipinos and our homeland is demonstrated by the ongoings of the Subic Rape Case. In a previous post, I predicted it will be a whitewash, as all crimes/offenses by the members of the US military went in the past decades, eversince the US bases were established.
But now, even with the bases gone, we still are having the same problems with the US military, thanks to the VFA approved by our mendicant national leadership (voted into office by a mainly uninformed majority).
Another whitewash? I still hope I will be proven wrong this time.
(please see: http://thefilipinomind.blogspot.com/2005/11/us-military-rape-case-tests-philippine.html,
Below is a short commentary, posted on PREDA, on the Subic Rape Case.
“The HISTORY of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed myth of its conquerors.” - Meridel Le Sueur, American writer, 1900-1996
"Neocolonialism - The dominance of strong nations over weak nations, not by direct political control (as in traditional colonialism), but by economic and cultural influence."
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AMERICAN MILITARISM: Commercial sex for U.S. troops now a crime
Commercial sex for U.S. troops now a crime under an Oct 14th Presidential Order amending Article 134 of the UCMJ - note the date - Since Oct 14th US forces are barred from soliciting, frequenting, being near districts where human trafficking and prostitution happens.
Per the 2005 US State Department Report on Human Trafficking the area where the Commander of the USS Essex Battle group allowed the members of Navy and Marine unit to go ashore in November for "R&R" aka; Subic and Olongapo City.
The Report is supplied to all US fleet officers. Per my sources here in Military Law who are reviewing the Subic case- "This is an Article 3 violation of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) for allowing his men in November - a month after a Commander-in-Chief (CIC) order issued in time of war - to go ashore, party, and, enjoy."Meaning PACOM Legal officers - unless they too want to face an Article 3 violation must by UCMJ instigate a command inquiry into the Fleet commander's actions.
In simple civilian terms- the guy in charge disobeyed a presidential order- by merely allowing the "Liberty call-Liberty call" order to be issued.Those were words "Liberty call-Liberty call" were given per the ships PA system overheard from shore. Meaning - by allowing a liberty tour in a places where what happens, happens, when sailors and marines go ashore... Was a direct violation of a Presidential order in time of war.
Ergo- now you know why so much care is being taken in this next Balikatan Excercise that as early as December the new sections of Article 134 - RE: human trafficking and prostitution have now been posted in every base and station of the PA Command.
But, sadly, there has been no Judge Advocate General (JAG) team investigation, no derogatory remark issued or any other word of a court martial for the men responsible for the "Liberty call". I am not discussing anything to do with the Subic case pending before the courts- here- what I am asking is why has there not been any sanctions versus a fleet commander for deliberate actions - that violated the UCMJ. And an order of his CIC.
That's the truth; can you handle it?Where is Tom Cruise when you need him...?
The strange thing is it seems to me that no US media outlet really wants to report what happened in Subic.
If one looks at the Aruba incident where a US teenager on a high school trip went missing, or the report on a man who was allegedly killed on a cruise ship in turkey, and any other major story on crimes vs. Americans overseas. In those cases - AP, The NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, reported it to no end in print. CNN, Fox, and, MSNBC fall over themselves to repeat and report on for hours on end. Now the CNN I see here the one I'm talking about is CNN US ok- or - with what some call XNN w/ Lou Dobbs - the Xenophobic News Network.
Which thank God almighty you don’t see in Asia or elsewhere!
Now here when it’s a American accused of the crime commited overseas unless they happen to be celeb- when one the U.S. is accused of doing wrong overseas - there is - Nada, nothing, or something of that nature- a policy of ignorance almost.
Now had these accused Marines who by Philippine law are innocent until proven guilty, I mean had they been accused what they allegedly did in an American City - Wow! you would see endless press coverage in the USA; And I wonder had the victim been blond and blue eyed well then- every US network would be all over this case perhaps? Or had.
Heaven forbid foreign troops training in the US even been accused of being near when such an alleged incident occured- had such a thing happend.... I wonder what U.S. networks, papers, or media would have reported on that.So there it is for you my friends over there...It's mostly a little story here- "Not on the radar" says more than one foreign editor I sent coverage offers into- "It's not a story in good old U.S.A.?" Why? Because the alleged victim isn't American- or so I'm told. [End]
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