• People’s basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, health care, and education are met
• People’s fundamental human dignity and respect for cultural identities are honored
• People and the natural environment are protected from avoidable harm
Organization’s contact information
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Email: wedprophils1989 (at) yahoo (dot) com
Key Facts about the Philippines
• Until November 1992, following the 1947 Military Bases Agreement, the United States maintained and operated major facilities at Clark Air Base, Subic Bay Naval Complex, and several small subsidiary installations in the Philippines.
• The Military Bases Agreement provided the United States with extensive military facilities in the Philippines for 99 years and prohibited the Philippines from granting base rights to any other country. The agreement also allowed the US to recruit Filipinos into the US Armed Forces.
• A strong anti-nuclear, anti-imperialist mass movement and a majority vote in the Philippine Senate closed Subic Naval Base and Clark Airforce Base in 1991.
• The US subsequently proposed a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) to cover situations when US troops are in the Philippines for joint exercises or shore leave. The VFA gives US troops access to Philippine ports and airports on all the main islands for refueling, supplies, repairs, and rest and recreation. The VFA was ratified by the Philippine Senate in May 1999.
• The drinking water from wells in the area of former Clark Air Force Base (Philippines) is contaminated with oil and grease. At 21 of the 24 locations where groundwater samples were taken, pollutants that exceeded drinking water standards were found, including mercury, nitrate, coliform bacteria, lead, dieldrin, and solvents. These contaminants persist in the environment for a long time and bio-accumulate as they move up the food chain.
• According to reports between 1947 and 1980, more than 48 Filipinos, over three fourths of them women and children, were murdered in or near the periphery of the bases. Many organizations suspect that deaths related to the US military presence here in the country have either been underreported or purposely covered up as none of the involved US servicemen has ever been tried in a Philippine court.
• In Olongapo City alone, 4,356 women are licensed to work as “hospitality girls.” The figures of Filipino women degraded into prostitution are not cited by those in favor of US bases as they claim these installations provide significant employment for Filipinos.
2004 Philippine Country Report
September 22, 2004 Statement
2007 Philippine Women’s Network on Peace & Security. Brochure for the Planning of the International Network of Women Against Militarism, San Francisco, CA, September 10-15, 2007.
Cunningham, Lisa 2007 Philippine Fact Sheet. Paper Presented for the planning meeting for the International Women’s Network Against Militarism in San Francisco, CA, September 10-15, 2007.