Filipino activists urge U.S. lawmakers to stop arms deal and military aid to the Philippines

The Trump administration, back in April, notified the U.S. Congress of two possible foreign military arms sale to the Philippines: a $1.5 billion deal for 6 apache attack helicopters, and another $450 million for viper attack helicopters and other munitions.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, this sale is in accordance with U.S. foreign and national security interest.

In a statement, Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez said the Philippine defense modernization program is critical to national security, and necessary to achieve a credible defense posture.

This offer included attack helicopters, a long list of armaments, rockets in air and ground, and air to air missiles.

But in an online webinar, some activists said they see this arms sale differently.

The Malaya Movement recently launched the Philippine Human Rights Act – which they’re lobbying for in U.S. Congress.

The bill aims to block the nearly $2 billion U.S. arms sale and suspend military aid to the Philippines until alleged human rights violations stop under the Duterte administration.

These Filipino-American taxpayers who protested at the philippine consulate and the u-s armed forces recruitment center in new york on Thursday said the u-s government should be using their tax dollars wisely.

Protesters said Congress has until the end of this month to review and to hear arguments before the sale pushes through.

They believe that the Philippines’ dismal human rights records should be enough for lawmakers to cancel this sale and suspend U.S. military aid to the Philippines, while the alleged human rights abuses continue.

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  • Mario
    30 May 2020 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    US Congress approved $1.5Billion and $450M Military AID to the Philippines. US will not give the money to the PH military. The PH Govt-Defense will sign a procurement offer that they are buying Attack Helicopter and ammunition. With that procurement offer, the helicopter will be delivered. For that transaction, it will be recorded in the US Dept of Trade as an EXPORT of military goods. The Congressman or Senator who sponsors the AID in the PH, their sidekick, trusted man, will work with the manufacturer. Sometimes it is over-price, the PH will never comment, it is free anyway. BOEING and BELL makers of Apache and Viper attack helicopter has their Rep. in ASIA. Normally CARLYLE GRP a Tabaco Corp. when it comes to PH military sales. Maintenance and ammo supplies will be a separate agreement.